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Rhythms of Africa
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
The goal in creating this album was to ensure that the music was inspired, derived, and influenced directly by the ambient sound sculptures of the Amazon rain forest. To achieve the desired connection and harmony between ... more »
The goal in creating this album was to ensure that the music was inspired, derived, and influenced directly by the ambient sound sculptures of the Amazon rain forest. To achieve the desired connection and harmony between the natural and created sounds, all of the music on this album was performed live to the tracks of the nature sounds. Prior to recording, all musicians were brought together and listened to the nature sound tracks to which they would perform. Notes were made on "events" (featured animal sounds) and the musicians added their own impressions of the animal voices during the course of their performance. In most instances, the music voices were performed on acoustic instruments. A maximum of two synthesized tracks were used in certain instances to enhance the quality of the performance. Contemporary jazz fusion melodies by Rodney Franklin were composed to specifically blend with the mystical rain forest music of howler monkeys, cicadas, parrots frogs and other jungle dwellers in this exceptional example of the harmony between music and nature. Journey into the depths of an Amazon rain forest and surround yourself with the intriguing sounds that echo through this wild, mysterious habitat.
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Russell J. Grasso | Massachusetts, USA | 06/02/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an album is for jazz improvization enthusiasts and should not be considered a new age or environmental CD. Some of the animal and environmental sounds are wonderfully ambient, but some animal calls are just out of place and disruptive. If you are looking for a jazz-based album with African location recordings thrown in, this is for you. This album is not similar to the rainforests of Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Rich, or Present Dreams. Nor does it feature native African rhythms such as with Baka Beyond or David Hewittt. Native location recordings are heard, but the jazz ensemble's evolution of those sound bytes are, to my ear, not convincingly related, although the instrumentation gives an African perception. There is some degree of repetitiveness in this album - it is a disapointment that tracks 1 and 4 have identical backing tracks, and that track 3 has similar voicing to those. On track 5, the improvization is not African at all, but more a modern jazz, steel drum not withstanding. In summary, is an interesting concept, which produced some great scattered moments, but the end product lacks sufficient cohesiveness and continuity to make this a very good CD."