Spirit Rising is a CD that Sonic Tribe made to "soothe the soul and make us feel whole again." This ensemble is a quartet of talented musicians -- Dean Evenson (flute, digi-horn, keyboards),Scott Huckabay (trance guitar), Gina Salá (vocals, chants), and Greg Callahan (djembe, percussion, vocals). There are six guests -- A.B. (didgeridoo), Beth Quist (doumbek, tambourine, vocals), Jason Darling (doumbek, percussion), Craig Olson (six-string fretless bass), and Phil Heaven (viola). These ten virtuosos have created a masterpiece and a full-scale homage to peace and harmony. This is not a typical Evenson Soundings disc. This CD has a lot of energy and heavy rock & roll timbres. They do not build atmospheres, but the atmospheres happen. This music soothes and then energizes the savage beast. This CD will appeal to fans of Gabrielle Roth, Byron Metcalf, Vas, and Steve Gorn.
AllMusic Review by Jim Brenholts