All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

168

Hellborg/Lane/Selvaganesh/Umashankar/Umamahesh: Icon

Jim Santella By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Hellborg/Lane/Selvaganesh/Umashankar/Umamahesh: Icon Music: the universal language.

As civilizations developed around the world, music evolved alongside regional and cultural differences. The most basic of elements have always been there in common, but differences exist and continue to keep cultures apart. The human voice takes on various colors, even without language. Tuning may give one program preferences over another, depending on the listener’s ear. Then, there’s the instrumentation to deal with. The kanjeera, konokol and ghatam may be unfamiliar to many of us. Still, it's not at all difficult to recognize hands on drums, vocal chants and musical virtuosity in any form.

Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane take one obvious common thread in contemporary music and pair it with traditional Indian improvised music. The jazz umbrella does, indeed, stretch that far. Their electric bass and electric guitar could blend easily with any music. This time out, the formula casts a Mahavishnu shadow with exotic flavors that represent many cultures. Next time, it could easily originate from another corner of the globe.

Vocal scatting, virtuosic percussion and heavy jazz-fusion landscapes give the album an interesting face. Trading fours and stretching out individually, the artists interpret jazz from a mainstream point of view. There’s a lot to like, especially for those of us who enjoy a geographically wider jazz umbrella.


Track Listing: Anchor; Mirror; Vehicle; Escape.

Personnel: Jonas Hellborg- electric bass; Shawn Lane- electric guitar; V. Selvaganesh- kanjeera, konokol; V. Umashankar- ghatam, konokol; V. Umamahesh- vocals.

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Bardo Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
[no cover]
The Silent Life -...
Atrium
2014
buy
[no cover]
Art Metal - The Jazz...
Atrium
2014
buy
[no cover]
Art Metal -...
Atrium
2007
buy
[no cover]
Kali's Son
Atrium
2005
buy
Friends Across Boundaries
Friends Across...
Ninnad Music
2005
buy
[no cover]
Paris
Atrium
2004
buy
Jaco Pastorius Jaco Pastorius
bass, electric
Chick Corea Chick Corea
piano
Al Di Meola Al Di Meola
guitar
Weather Report Weather Report
band/orchestra
Marcus Miller Marcus Miller
bass, electric

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.