Various Artists

Ageless Pathways: The Journey

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This compilation album from Global Pacific Records showcases its New Age musicians by assembling the album on the theme of taking the path of enlightenment. "This ageless music will take you on such paths," astate the liner notes. "You will visit places last seen through the eyes of your childhood, and some seen only by your ancestors." The album begins with "Summer Storm," a rhapsodic piano piece by Rojo from Nocturnal Afternoon. The lullaby "Bilvana" from A Journey Home by harpist Georgia Kelly and guitarist Dusan Bogdanovic sets a peaceful tone. Guitarist Uwe Kropinski and cellist David Friesen offer the mysterious and intriguing jazz-flavored "Far and Away" from Departure. The Unu Mondo world music ensemble offer "Lakota" from their album Hand in Hand. Here, a synthesizer creates the illusion of a starry sky, while the Lakota flute flies overhead. Guitarist Ben Tavera King offers "100 Year Rain" from Coyote Moon; the piece builds suspensefully, giving the "ageless path" concept a mysterious cast. Violinist Steve Kindler is represented with tracks from two albums. The title cut from Paradise Lost is the essence of wistful longing, while his "Wistari Reef" from Across a Rainbow Sea is a carefree swing through underwater wonders. A languid African flavor is contributed by Barefoot, a sensual vocal/kalima/violin fantasy from the album Serenghetti. The upbeat city mood offered by "Merchant Street" and "After the Fall" by Charles Michael Brotman from Mango Cooler seems out of place on this theme album.

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