This album is really quite extraordinary - so much brass, so much melody, so intense and so many apparent influences. Very hard to put into words, but this album is definitely worthy of prolonged listening. There is an "Eastern Mediterranean" feel (Arab/Islamic influences) - combined with Balkan brass (think Musikas played on tubas rather than cellos), which to me creates a totally different and new sound. That said there will be someone who will now tell us all that so-and-so has sounded like this for years..... if so I will by all their albums as well! But for now, I can really recommend this as being something totally different, totally infectious, and totally deserving of the 5 stars.