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Entries tagged with “Music Review”

Ayahuasca

Welcome to the WorkBen LeeTen Fingers RecordsThe transformative properties of the Amazonian healing medicine ayahuasca are unmistakable on Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee’s ni…

Book Review: Become Ocean

Become OceanJohn Luther AdamsCANTALOUPE MUSICGlobal warming and climate change are on the minds of many these days. John Luther Adams is no different. The 61-year-old Alaska-based …

Kirtronica

Jaya Lakshmi with AnandaSounds TrueThe latest creation by American vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jaya Lakshmi is exactly what the name Kirtronica implies: a fusion of call-and…

Music Review: Aeons

AeonsCharanpalSpirit Voyage RecordsLike her Spirit Voyage labelmate Snatam Kaur, American singer/guitarist/harmonium player Charanpal brings a silken voice and a fine sense of melo…

Music Review: All Is Love Is All

All Is Love Is AllDub SutraDub SutraLike Dub Sutra’s first album, 2012’s The Rise of Downtempo, this new release from this California-based duo is a thoughtfully crafted weave of d…

Music Review: America’s National Parks

America’s National ParksWadada Leo SmithCuneiformYosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone—the beauty and wild spaces of America’s national parks have long been a focus for visual an…

Music Review: Aquilonis

Aquilonis  Trio Mediaeval ECM RECORDSAquilonis is the sixth ECM New Series release from Trio Mediaeval, the dynamic group of three Scandinavian singers. Founding members …

Music Review: Beautiful Love

Beautiful LovePaulinho GarciaJazzmin Records and Shrinktunes MediaBeautiful Love, by Paulinho Garcia could be the perfect soundtrack for this scene in your life: enjoying a sunset …

Music Review: Blackstar

★David BowieCOLUMBIA RECORDSIn a lesser-known tune called “Black Star,” Elvis Presley once sang, “When a man sees his black star, he knows his time has come.”More than half a centu…

Music Review: Build a Bridge

Diane PattersonFour Winds MusicDiane Patterson sees herself as a pilgrim and a global citizen cultivating positive change. When she travels to Hawaii, Europe, or New Folsom Prison …

Music Review: Buy This Fracking Album

Buy This Fracking AlbumFeaturing Meshell Ndegeocello, Natalie Merchant and the Felice Brothers, Rusted Root, Marco Benevento, and othersMusic Movement RecordsJason Samel was deeply…

Music Review: Call It What It Is

Call It What It IsBen Harper & the Innocent CriminalsSTAX RECORDSSinger/guitarist/songwriter Ben Harper is better known for his soulful, socially conscious folk rock than for h…

Music Review: Charity - Songs of the Native American Church

Kevin YazzieCanyon RecordsFor thousands of years, peyote has been sanctified as a medicine for emotional healing and spiritual connection among the indigenous peoples of North and …

Music Review: Deep Africa

Deep ForestBig 3 Records“Amber Opening” is a smooth, flowing song that begins this lively, rhythm-based album. The sweeping synthesizer pads, vocal harmonies, and cracking drums co…

Music Review: Deuter

DeuterReiki Hands of LoveNEW EARTH RECORDSReiki Hands of Love is a sensitive, melodic journey wonderfully designed for a connected mind-body experience. From the opening piano note…

Music Review: Hommage à Eberhard Weber

Hommage à Eberhard Weberwith Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton, and the SWR Big BandECMAlthough Jazz musician Eberhard Weber had a stroke in 2007 that’s made it impossible for…

Music Review: Kala

KalaTrevor HallVanguard RecordsTrevor Hall’s new album, Kala, was written in Hawaii and recorded in Los Angeles and reverberates with an eclectic mix of reggae, Sanskrit chant, and…

Music Review: Keep Me Singing

Keep Me SingingVan MorrisonCaroline InternationalKeep Me Singing is Van Morrison’s 36th studio album—his first since 2012—and the singer’s smooth voice and bluesy lyrics remain imm…

Music Review: Love Songs of a Zen Monk

Love Songs of a Zen MonkDavid RadioCD BabyWith a title like that, you might expect a blank CD inside the cover.After all, Zen is nothing if not contradictions. But since its morsel…

Music Review: Mbalimaou

MbalimaouBoubacar LUSAFRICA Boubacar TraorÉ was born in the city of Kayes in Mali in West Africa. It’s a country that traces its roots to the 12th-century Mandingo cultur…

Music Review: Nomad Songs

Nomad SongsStephan MicusECM RecordsStephan Micus describes himself as a musical nomad; he periodically travels the world with open ears to discover indigenous instruments, along wi…

Music Review: Om Land

Om LandDavid Vito GregoliDharmapalaOm Land is the latest offering from award-winning composer David Vito Gregoli. The album is a loving meditation on the divine sound OM, with the …

Music Review: On Behalf of Nature

On Behalf of NatureMeredith MonkECMOn Behalf of Nature is the latest album from pioneering vocalist/composer Meredith Monk. This diverse set of 19 sound motifs feels something like…

Music Review: Rising Appalachia

Rising AppalachiaWider CirclesRISING APPALACHIAA few years ago a friend emailed me the music video for Sunu by Rising Appalachia. The simple and earthy song had a playful feeling a…

Music Review: Ritual

RitualPeter Kater and R. Carlos NakaiMysterium MusicRituals are about presence, intention, and creating sacred space. Rituals also are brought to life through a process of play and…

Music Review: Spiraling, Ascending with Prayer

Spiraling, Ascending with PrayerLouie GonnieCanyon RecordsSpiraling, Ascending with Prayer opens with creation: “There was a time when darkness was it. In the vast emptiness, light…

Music Review: The Master

The MasterWarren Cuccurullo and Ustad Sultan KhanSix Degrees RecordsTalk about a musical journey: when guitarist Warren Cuccurullo was 10 years old, he took to the sounds of I…

Music Review: The Monsanto Years

The Monsanto YearsNeil Young and Promise of the RealReprise RecordsFolk/rock legend Neil Young’s latest offering is exactly what its name suggests: an entire album of musical diatr…

Music Review: The Rise of Downtempo

Dub SutraWhile well suited for yoga and moving meditation, the 10 downtempo dub tracks on Dub Sutra’s debut offering make for a rich, transportive headphone listening experience un…

Music Review: The Tree of Life

The Tree of LifeLoren Nerell and Mark SeeligProjektThe Tree of Life is a new album that’s described by its creators as “one part droney soundscape, one part tribal deliberatio…

Musician Profile: Donna De Lory

Donna De Lory’s new album The Unchanging brings attention to the sacred and eternal part of our selves. As can be typical of the mystery of spiritual growth, De Lory came to this u…

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