Global Meditation, Vol. 2: Harmony & Interplay

Various Artists

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Global Meditation, Vol. 2: Harmony & Interplay Review

by Adam Greenberg

As part of an amazingly vast covering of the world's traditions, this album of group instrumental (primarily) pieces sticks mainly to Africa and Asia, though that's not really a fault. There are a couple of pieces from North Africa, dealing with the Gnawa faith and others. The great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan contributed a song to the album as well. A bit of South Indian concert is added by U. Srinivas. Even a piece of Javanese gamelan from the tiny South American country of Surinam emerges at the end of the album. The highlights of the album aren't necessarily as many as others in the series, but still are quite good. The Master Musicians of Jajouka are especially good at what they do (even the Stones knew about them...or at least their fathers). Srinivas' playing is exceptional on an electric mandolin. An adapted form of an ancient Egyptian pharaonic harp is played with some incredible virtuosity by Professor Soliman Gamil on the "Sufi Dialogue." The series as a whole is quite good, and though other volumes may be somewhat more lively in some ways, this is certainly not an album to be passed up.

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