Videos of longer live versions of the album's opening song "Beyond the Clouds" and the samba varietal "Partido Alto" are available on the band's website. The recorded versions of both have similar dynamic solo work on the soprano sax from the ubiquitous Vashlishan. "The Dance Has Just Begun" introduces guest guitarist Gary Damanti for a solo after the vocalized melody. He is followed again by. . . guess who. "Last Train Home" is the other Metheny composition slowed down from its original and introducing three-year-old Alejandro Pino-Sprinz with an a cappella outro—a little cutesy perhaps, but it's hard to get upset with proud parents indulging themselves for a few seconds.
The other members of New World Beat are Diogo Brown (fretless bass), Tom Lippincott (8-string guitar), Goran Rista (drums), Cezar Santana (nylon-string guitar), and Dwili Dewongy (percussion). All in all, After Carnival is an auspicious beginning.