Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, New Age, Pop
Ray Brooks came to wide prominence as a musical thinker with his book, Blowing Zen: Finding an Authentic Life, which autobiographically chronicled the physical and spiritual journey of a young British engineer meeting up w... more »
Ray Brooks came to wide prominence as a musical thinker with his book, Blowing Zen: Finding an Authentic Life, which autobiographically chronicled the physical and spiritual journey of a young British engineer meeting up with Zen and the Japanese shakuhachi flute. Hollow Bell is Blowing Zen's sequel in a way, Brooks's attempt to make the book more palpable for readers who wondered what the blowing sounded like. As shakuhachi recordings go, this one's a delight, a series of musical explorations that take advantage of the end-blown flute's tonal ranges--which all stay in the midregister and never proceed faster than a glacier. Between pacing and the airy overtones that Brooks manages, he makes Hollow Bell an instantly purposeful recording, a set of historically important tunes and improvisations that center the ear and lay down a calm that's not so much quiet as it is a quickly enveloping sound environment. --Andrew Bartlett
Enlightenment in one tone
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Read the book Blowing Zen, then bought the CD. The music unfolds for the listener with each track. I love that about any good recording. I would have like to have owned the CD while reading the book. The sounds of the shakuhachi definetely take you to that quiet place."
Shawn Klemmer | Vancouver, Canada | 05/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The "honkyoku" Zen music that Brooks plays really does nudge you toward a quieter, more contemplative state of mind. Try listening to it while crammed on a subway or walking a busy street - really interesting to experience beauty and tranquility during downtown rush-hour."