No this is not ambient space music, not jazz, not fusion, not progressive rock nor power pop. But this is a tranced-out, tenderly soul-fired, world fusion beats, jazzy, vocals-driven, keys, and jazzy fusion, violin-enhanced, raga-rock, blow-out of unique power and grace! And yes you will be tempted to begin swaying and dancing within this Indo-fusion, groove-temple-of-sound.
I finally received this final version CD long ago from Etherean Music after being sent a pre-release CD-R demo from a good friend. If you love female vocals - ethereal yet passionate blended with electric violin and then intertwined with Indian-raga, beat-driven, mantras, eclectic synths, and an air of deep mystery THEN BY ALL MEANS GRAB THIS NOW.
Suvarna Freeman's vocals and violin are a luscious experience!! THIS RELEASE IS JUST TOO COOL!! It avoids all that cheesy gestalt of, "let's-rip-off-Indian-trditional-music-and-make-a-fast-buck-disco-drivel" stylings, all too prevalent in world music BUT INSTEAD delivers a truly unique listening experience. The 7:30 "Completion" song was AWESOME, a meditative lilting of ecstasy unbound, solemn, pure light in sound, and to hear Suvarna's spoken words were as if an angel had come to my side ooh, serious athrilling goosebumps oh for this song to have lasted three times longer.
Next CD, Suvarna, fill a whole CD with such!! Let your soul fly for a good 18 minutes or so. Do it! Suvarna, you are !!MAGIC!! and your voice has lifted this seasoned reviewer into planes of new sonic nirvanas please do this again!! Thanks!
Need I say this? . . . Highly recommended!
Track Listing: Fire of the Oracle, Nature Spirits, All is Dust, Contentment, Emancipation, Rain Dance, Completion, Flame of Life, Rising Tree, The Master
Personnel: Ravi Freeman is keys, kora, guitar, kaval, bass, percussion, chants, overtone vox, loops and many talented others helped out here and there . . .
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!