Title - 'An Idealist's Handbook'
Artist - Noshir Mody
For those not in the know, Noshir Mody is a stimulating and creative fusion guitarist displaying a beautiful tone, versatility, and inventive ideas on his picturesque originals.
Indeed throughout his career, he has recorded and performed consistently rewarding and thought-provoking sets of original music.
Born and raised in Bombay, India, Mody is self-taught on guitar. He has stated that his early inspirations included Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, music from Bollywood, and rock along with the modern jazz guitar masters.
Mody's latest set, An Idealistís Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 (due out July 3rd, 2020), debuts a selection of thought-provoking originals that are filled with strong melodies, superior and versatile guitar playing, along with warm vocals by Kate Victor.
The album features Mike Mullan on alto and tenor saxophone, Benjamin Hankle on trumpet and flugelhorn, Campbell Charshee on piano, Yuka Tadano on bass, Jarrett Walser on drums and, on two of the five main pieces, the aforementioned Kate Victor on vocals.
2. 'Sketching "Illusions Grow"'
3. 'Illusions Grow'
4. 'Sketching "Ol' Splitfoot"'
5. 'Ol' Splitfoot'
6. 'Illustrating "Rise"''
7. 'Sketching "Under A Starlit Sky (2020)"'
8. 'Under A Starlit Sky (2020)'
10. 'Illusions Grow (Reprise)'
On an album where the philosophical and hopeful lyrics combine seamlessly with inventive jazz solos to form a vibrant, and memorable work, first up we have the free flowing seven minute 'Radha,' which Mody backs with the minute and a half lead in 'Sketching "Illusions Grow"' to the actual near nine minute long track, the oh-so luscious overtones of 'Illusions Grow.'
Next up is another quick lead in, this time a one minute 'Sketching "Ol' Splitfoot"' which, of course, then brings us the magnificently dreamy ambiance of the seven minute 'Ol' Splitfoot,' and then we get the soaringly vocalized 'Illustrating "Rise".'
This stunningly authentic, and wholly spiritualized album then rounds out with the short 'Sketching "Under A Starlit Sky (2020)"' which bleeds beautifully into the low slung guitar work of 'Under A Starlit Sky (2020),' with the grandeur of a longer 'Rise,' and then the vocalized 'Illusions Grow (Reprise)' bringing the album to a close.
Always displaying a highly individual sound on the guitar and a fresh imagination, Noshir Mody is heard in top form throughout his timely new album, the quite magnificent An Idealistís Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020.
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