Composer and guitarist Rick Heizman's HARD TO REACH PLACES is an ambitious project, and one that offers many musical gems. On this 1995 EarthView Music release, Heizman explores musical styles from the far corners of the earth, hence the title of this CD. Each track on this album moves to another region of the globe, as Heizman tries his hand at incorporating into his work the local musical vernacular of such places as Pakistan, India, China, Yemen, Vietnam, Central Africa, Europe, and South America.
For example, the album begins with "Kora Flora" a piece influenced by the West African harp. The next track, "Ud Dude" quickly changes gears and embraces music from the Indian subcontinent. Heizman is expertly assisted throughout by percussionist Geoffrey Gordon, who handles such ethnic instruments as the bandir, djembe, angklung, and tabla. A colorful album that traverses the planet many times over, HARD TO REACH PLACES is a very compelling listen.