Indian Jasmine by Michael Robinson (Azure Miles Records)

CDeMusic review

Michael Robinson: Indian Jasmine (Azure Miles Records)

A slowly unfolding beautiful music emanates from Robinson's computer in the recording 'Indian Jasmine.' The CD includes three compositions, two extended, and one brief, featuring the sounds of various South Asian and African instruments. 'Earth and Rivers' is a lengthy meditation, a call and response dialog between kemanche and percussion. The title composition 'Indian Jasmine' opens with tanpura, as in an Indian raga. Sampled sounds of sitar, individually plucked notes reminiscence of a hammered dulcimer, ring out after a few moments of solo tanpura introduction. Half way into 'Jasmine', percussion sounds enter, carefully articulating complex solo lines. Towards the conclusion, the sitar speeds up.

CDeMusic (1997)


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