Composer and oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil generates variety and interest by bringing aboard different guest musicians for each album. The personnel on Sultan's Picnic is so similar to that of Blue Camel that one might expect them to sound similar. But there's a key difference in the presence of Howard Levy on Sultan's Picnic. Levy is a talented harmonica player who has done a lot of offbeat work, including a stint with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. Despite the power of Charlie Mariano on alto sax and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, this album is dominated by the idioms of the harmonica, specifically the jazzy, quirky, lackadaisical idiom popularized by Levy's work with the Flecktones. This domination is noticeable from the beginning, on "Sunrise in Montreal."
The DVD offers six songs performed and taught by a master of the acoustic style. In a special lesson section, key aspects and techniques required for each arrangement are presented. The viewer can select from multiple camera angles, including the full performance or just the left or right hand in close-up. In addition, an artist more…biography and discography plus several bonus song performances are included in each DVD. Kenny Sultan is one of the most highly respected blues guitarists and blues guitar educators in the country. Kenny's great solo blues arrangements serve as a virtual encyclopedia of vital blues licks and patterns. These songs are firmly rooted in the classic blues forms and are a great springboard for developing a strong blues repertoire.
This companion DVD to Sultan's bestselling book lets intermediate guitarists learn the techniques and interpret the styles of blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Mississippi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy. Kenny Sultan's approach is a little more laid-back that most methods, the lesson revolves around his 4 blues rules: 1.Have Fun 2.Play Loose 3.Play With Feeling 4.Don't Worry About Mistakes which allows you to maximise enjoyment of this style.