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Captive was voted one of the top five albums of the year (contemporary instrumental album/electric) by readers of Sounds of Seattle magazine, and nominated for a 2000 SAMIE (Seattle Area Musical Innovation and Excellence) award in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album/electric category.
In the 70s and 80s, Shadowfax forged a union between fusion and world music. Now the Guarneri Underground is picking up that cue. Led by the twin violins of [Geoffrey Castle] and John Schussler, The Guarneri Underground changes clothes at a global bazaar, donning middle-eastern dumbeks and and African cross-picked guitar on "Big Island," and the Australian didgeridu and African talking drums on the hypnotic "Bloodmoon." In addition to his violin, Schussler doubles on bouzouki, guitars, flute, and all kinds of African-Asian percussion. Not all the Underground's songs are an ethnic stew, however. "Mango Twister" is a gentle ballad, while "Assisi" gets into a cyclical groove that recalls Jean-Luc Ponty. The Underground's fusion roots are readily apparent when bandmates crank up the wah-wah pedal on "Bathers as Asnieres" and "Captive," conjuring images of Ponty, Jerry Goodman, and the best from fusion's halcyon days."
— Billboard Magazine, December 16, 2000
Tracks — Click to listen or purchase for download from Bandcamp!
- Geoffrey Castle - electric and acoustic violin
- John Schussler - electric and acoustic violin, guitar, bouzouki, piano, dovyanka, cedar flute, zarb, dumbek, udu, doira, bendir, percussion
- Mikel Rollins - bass, saxaphone
- T.J. Morris - drums, congas, percussion
- Mohammed Shaibu - djembe, talking drum, percussion
- Album cover by Don Barnett