|Following a year when Andy Sheppard toured the States with George Russell, Japan and Europe with Carla Bley, devised his first ever solo concert, delved into drum 'n' bass territory with Claude Deppa, and DJs Rita Ray and Max Reinhardt. He played throughout the UK and into Europe with his own band...he went into the studio to record a new album sponsored by Canary Wharf Arts & Events as part of their millennium programme.
Dancing Man & Woman, his second album for Provocateur Records, features two special guests, the legendary bassist Steve Swallow, and the stunning young tabla player Kuljit Bhamra in addition to the line up seen on his last album - John Parricelli, Steve Lodder, Chris Laurence and Paul Clarvis. The album finds him developing characteristically fresh ideas within territory familiar to Sheppard aficionados - irresistible melody and irresistible grooves inspired by music from India, Latin America and Africa, with solo statements that are muscular and compellingly lyrical in turns.
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