With Ethnicity, Yanni again brings his "one world, one people" philosophy to the fore by incorporating the musical hallmarks of other cultures—including the Australian didgeridoo, an Armenian d

With Ethnicity, Yanni again brings his "one world, one people" philosophy to the fore by incorporating the musical hallmarks of other cultures—including the Australian didgeridoo, an Armenian duduk, and Scottish bagpipes—alongside his trademark keyboards. In the process, he eschews the powerful orchestration of previous sets like Live at the Acropolis and Tribute for a more subtle use of strings. "For All Seasons" is home to a "Hava Nagila"-like melody with African flute, Arabic sensibility, and slices of synthesizer, while "Playing by Heart" is closer to the serene yet uplifting landscapes Yanni is known for. Longtime fans will be intrigued to hear previously recorded songs "The Promise" and "Almost a Whisper" revisited with lyrics: a first for the Greek composer. Ethnicity is an apt complement to the artist's autobiography, Yanni in Words, which arrived the day after this disc streeted.—CLT

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