Various Artists

Global Meditation: Authentic Music from Meditation

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This splendid set of four CDs is also available individually. Because of careful editing, each piece flows perfectly into the next. The best are the uplifting trance of "A Habibi Ouajee Tallel Allaiya," by The Master Musicians of Jajouka in the Harmony and Interplay CD, the spirited, almost R&B, Japanese Buddhist chant "Hannya-Shingyo" from Kyoto, and the pleading soulfulness of the Norwegian song "Heiemo Og Nykkjen" in the Voices of the Spirit CD, the mysterious shamanic drumming on the Irish bodhran by Glen Velez, and the fascinating recombining of rhythms and melodies in the Santeria ceremony "Yemaya," its power descending from the blue of the sea in The Pulse of Life CD, and the strangeness of the droning "A Cool Wind Is Blowing" played on the Armenian duduk, an oboe made from apricot wood in the Music from the Heart CD.