Daniel Lauter

Sacred Blueprint

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Daniel Lauter plays so many didgeridoos, he has them in different keys. On Sacred Blueprint, he performs on these plus the clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones, flutes, Chinese reeds, drums, samplers, and percussion instruments. The sultry trance-dance album begins with "Revolution Not Evolution." A didg drone sets the tone, joined by a steady cadence of African percussion (Candido Obajima); the siren-like dubbed harmonies of Jesai Tambourine and Lauter's wailing saxes and funky basslines add exotic blues feelings. Very cool, very hot. The title track offers a lazy but infectious beat accented by a cuckoo-sounding flute. Most of the tracks explore infectious grooves created from didg drones; melodic phrases for sax, flute, and voice, rhythmic drum patterns, and accents of percussion. Vocalist Jesai Tamboruine adds the woman's touch with vocalese on two cuts, as does China Reign on "Last Rays of the Sun"; her gutsy rhythm & blues performance on George Harrison's "Within You, Without You" brought that track some crossover airplay. Though the album broils with percussion and snarly didg drones, it is extremely feminine in feeling, suitable for flowing dance movements or sensuous massages; the Tibetan bells add a mystical layer to the sound textures. The late African drummer Suru Ekeh joins on three tracks.