Tribal Trance

Didgin' in the Dirt

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The name of this trio of musicians tells it all-- DIDGIN' IN THE DIRT is entrancing in every way. The repetitive rhythms of the hand drums and the drone of the ancient aboriginal wind instrument, the didgeridoo, characterize nearly all nine pieces. Evoking the mood and sounds of aboriginal music from Australia, these musicians bring to life the mystique of tribal music and the silent spirit of the land itself.

Percussively similar to Hindustani Qawwal music, this music essentially seeks the same union with the Creator and the unseen world. However, use of soprano saxophone and keyboards, while sparing, takes this music outside the pale of strict or authentic tribal music. Nonetheless, DIDGIN' IN THE DIRT provides a soundscape that invigorates the soul and encourages a kind of rigorous introspection, its meditative power lying in the general aura that seems to surround these compositions. DIDGIN' IN THE DIRT quiets mental chatter and instead pulls the listener in the direction of the visceral and the primal. Highlights include the opening track, "River," and "Afternoon Storm."

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