Title - 'Playing With Fire'
Artist - Deep Energy Orchestra
For those not in the know, Deep Energy Orchestra is bassist/composer Jason Everett (Mister E), prog-phenom Trey Gunn (King Crimson), and both Indian percussion master Selvaganesh (John McLaughlin, Masters of Percussion), and 7-string violinist Radhiker Iyer combined with a Seattle-based classical string ensemble.
Indeed, Playing With Fire, out October 19th, 2017 via 7d Media, is their first ever live recording.
1. 'The Return' (4:56)
2. 'Awakening' (8.00)
3. 'Mysterious World' (5:16)
4. 'The River' (7:56)
5. 'Lotus Feet' (10:16)
6. 'Resole / Improv / Caravan' (19:49)
7. 'Honor / Amazing Grace' (4:34)
This super-group performs the eclectic compositions of world-jazz bassist Everett, along with Indian, Prog Rock, and Classical orchestrations to take the listener on a journey of exotic soundscapes.
Everett's ability to weave Indian-style melodies together with complex, funky, odd-meter grooves is deceptively natural. Perhaps none more so than the foot tappin' beauty that opens the album up, 'The Return.' Wow, what a great way to begin your musical experience here, truly. Funky, trippy, soulful and imaginative to the core, it's a unique blend that flows freely throughout the entire album.
Another is 'Awakening,' a track that, if you close your eyes as it opens, you would swear you were in the East, the sun about to break through the morning clouds above. Stirring, haunting even in places, the guitar work here is beyond incredible from start to finish.
Featuring seven brand new tracks all lovingly incorporating vibrant rhythms and endless moments of genuine hipsway, Playing With Fire is, quite easily, one of my Top 5 albums of 2018. Another of my favorites is the delightful, lite, breezy closing track, 'Honor / Amazing Grace,' a track that just makes you smile.
Carrying you away on a bevy of beautiful, lush melodies, Deep Energy Orchestra are a musical force second to none in this genre of combined orchestration's.
Furthermore, these performances were recorded live over a two-day recording session at the Jack Straw Center in Seattle, WA as part of an Artist Residency award.
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