Divine Radiance

Tisziji Muñoz

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Divine Radiance Review

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In 2003, the Dreyfus Jazz label released Divine Radiance, an album by guitarist Tisziji Muñoz. With a beauty and intensity comparable to Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Vernon Reid, and Sonny Sharrock, Muñoz alternately soothes and riles in the grand tradition of ruminative and ecstatically charged free jazz. The title track and "Initiation by Fire" are particularly tempestuous examples of joyously improvised volcanism. Divine Radiance combined the energies of master percussionist Rashied Ali, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Ravi Coltrane; bassists Cecil McBee and Don Pate, and David Letterman's house keyboardist Paul Shaffer, who also produced the album. Recorded at Right Track Studios in New York on October 30, 2001, this was Muñoz's response to the toppling of the World Trade Center and the mass murders that occurred elsewhere on the same day. His prayer is for Divine Radiance to emanate from each of us in order to counteract the horror and suffering which humanity persists in perpetrating upon itself.

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