El Costumbre is one of Jorge Reyes' most popular CDs. For years it was also his most readily available disc. This CD is firmly entrenched in Reyes' Mexican roots. Using ethnic instruments, acoustic percussion, vocal field recordings, and electronics, he builds huge atmospheres and reverent soundscapes. With assistance from Steve Roach and Juan Carlos Lopez, the deep atmospheres enrich the sound worlds of deep listeners. The music speaks to the heart and soul of the meditator. As expected, this CD will appeal to fans of Steve Roach, Robert Rich, TUU, Ma Ja Le, and Suso Saiz. Surprisingly, it will also appeal to fans of David Parsons, Loren Nerell, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Marina Raye, and Vas. The ethnicity evokes similar spiritual responses. It is an essential and classic CD.
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