What's an artist to do if he can't find an established instrument to suit his musical needs. If you are bassist Justin Gray, you design and co-create one. It's called the Bass Veena, a a hybrid that combines the characteristics of the fretless bass and numerous Indian string instruments.
New Horizons by Justin Gray and Synthesis introduces the Bass Veena, traveling a Raga route with an ensemble that includes an array of Western stringsviolins and cellos, guitar, electric guitarsjoined by percolating Indian and Persian percussion: Tibetan singing bowls, piano and organ, crafting a modern/ancient, East/West groove atmosphere.
There's no mistaking the Indian influences to the sound. Less obvious perhaps is the percussive rhythms of R&B and rock. The brew boasts rich sonic textures and sinewy threadings, segments of trance-inducing beauty interspersed with hard-driving momentums, and understated, serve-the-music virtuosity all around.
All the disc' compositions come from the pen of Justin Gray. They are steeped in the traditions of Indian classical music tinted with American jazz. Even with a rotating cast of instrumentalists, the sound maintains a compelling start to finish cohesion. New Horizons sounds timeless, a multiple strings, multiple percussions-fest full the mysteries of wisdom of the centuries.
Track Listing: New Horizons; Reflections; Migration; Eventide; Unity; Break of Dawn; Rise;
Serenity; Ebb and Flowq
Personnel: Justin Gray: Bass Veena & Electric Bass;
Ed Hanley: Tabla;
Derek Gray: Drums, Percussion & Singing Bowls;
Ted Quinlan: Electric Guitar & Acoustic Guitar; Drew Jurecka: Violin & Baritone Violin;
Rebekah Wolkstein: Violin;
Shannon Knights: Viola;
Lydia Munchinsky: Cello; Naghmeh Farahmand: Tombak, Daf & Udu; Todd Pentney:
Piano & Hammond Organ; Dhruba Ghosh: Sarangi;
Trichy Sankaran: Mrdangam;
Steve Gorn: Bansuri;
Alam Khan: Sarode;
Joy Anandasivam: Guitar;
Gurpreet Chana: Hang Drum;
Demetrios Petsalakis: Oud;
Joel Schwartz: Resonator & Electric Guitar; Jonathan Kay: Esraj;
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound
The best show I ever attended was the Zawinul Syndicate at the Blue Note in 1997. Being the youngest kids in the room, the host put us right in front of the band. The afro-beat electric set blew the roof off the building, an unforgettable sound. After, my girlfriend and I just sauntered up the stairs to the green room to meet the
band. I posed for a picture with Joe, after talking a little bit about boxing and how to stay healthy while the other guys in the band tore through a bucket of fried