Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Prem Joshua - Desert Visions

The album is a wonderful blend of East Indian, Arabic, African and Western music. The instruments and rhythms weave back and forth between the various influences in a spirited and lively manner. One track may have a hint of New Orleans Jazz balanced against the romantic and haunting sounds of the desert. Another track features East Indian vocals and tabla in a spirited dance with saxophone and flute. Overall easy to listen to ranging from sprightly to ambient in texture during the course of the album. - Product info

I stumbled onto this CD one day at a listening post and was at first drawn to it because of the cover. The album is a wonderful blend of East Indian, Arabic, African and Western music. The instruments and rhythms weave back and forth between the various influences in a spirited and lively manner. One track may have a hint of New Orleans Jazz balanced against the romantic and haunting sounds of the desert. Another track features East Indian vocals and tabla in a spirited dance with saxophone and flute. Overall easy to listen to ranging from sprightly to ambient in texture during the course of the album. - by Thomas Kryton, Amazon.com

Prem Joshua is one of the eminent world fusion musicians of the day. Upbeat, percussion-heavy, and influenced by jazz, pop, and Indian ragas, the reeling tracks on Desert Visions provide a stimulating background for vigorous yoga practice and dance. "Pagan Dance" in particular features a compelling jazz/raga melody that stays with the listener long after the dancing is finished. - AMG

Artist: Prem Joshua
Album: Desert Vision
Year: 1996
Label: New Earth Records
Runtime: 52:13

Tracks:
1.  The Raja's Ride (Prem Joshua) 5:30
2.  Daia (Prem Joshua) 7:50
3.  Hot Season (Prem Joshua/Rishi Vlote) 4:12
4.  Sarang (Prem Joshua/Manish Vyas/Rishi Vlote) 8:21
5.  Pagan Dance (Prem Joshua/Rishi Vlote) 1:26
6.  Jungle (Rishi Vlote) 3:01
7.  Kirwani (Prem Joshua) 5:24
8.  Desert Moon (Prem Joshua) 3:41
9.  Flight of the Swan (Prem Joshua) 8:55
10.  From Behind The Hills (Prem Joshua) 3:49

Personnel:
Prem Joshua (Soprano Saxophone, Bamboo Flute, Sitar, Swarmandal, Tambura, Santoor)
Manish Vyas (Tabla, Vocals, Harmonium and Pakhawaj) - 1,4,9
Rishi Vlote (Darbouka, Shaker, Keyboards, Bass, Vocals, Drums, Clay Pot, Frame Drum, Djembe)
Chintan S. Relenberg (Bass Guitar and Tabla) - 2,10
Jo Shiro Shunyam (Acoustic Guitar) - 2,9
Nadama Novak (Keyboards) - 2
Ravi Freeman (Keyboards) - 2
Bindu (Acoustic Guitar) - 2
Neera Halls (Vocals) - 2
Anadi Raval (Vocals) - 4
Adheesh Tivari (Drums, Bass and Keyboards) - 4
Meera Bhatt (Vocals) - 4
Azeema Bharti (Vocals) - 4

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