Gabrielle Roth

Sundari: A Jivamukti Yoga Class

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Here Gabrielle Roth adds such luminaries as Indian fusion maven Jai Uttal, Russian singer Boris Grebenshikov, and jazz trombonist Steve Turre to the regulars of her new age supergroup. SUNDARI finds the pioneering leader of the Mirrors in downtempo mode, though the album is far from background music. The tone of the material, almost all of which includes either vocal chants or invocations, ranges from low-key percussive in the overture "Crystal Cavern," to uplifting and hymn-like in the supplicating "Chen Rezi," while "Medicine Dream" is a soothing and refreshing Eastern motif underpinned by reverberating drums. With its subtly shifting aural textures, SUNDARI is a robustly cerebral accompaniment to a concentrated yoga workout.

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