Still Point: Turning World (2LP)


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Format: 2LP 
Label: Whirlwind Recordings 
Year: 2020 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 

TRACKS:

A1 Raindrops In Uncommon Times 
A2 One Is Really Many 

B1 Permanent Impermanence 
B2 Wind Over Eagle Lake 
B3 Ballad Of Blue Mountain 

C Creator:Destroyer 

D1 Time Present Time Past 
D2 Blue Mountain (A Slight Return) 

PERSONNEL: 

Bells, Tom Tom, Snare, Wood Block, Cajón, Bongos, Bass Drum – David Cossin 
Double Bass – Hans Glawischnig, Stephan Crump 
Drum, Talking Drum, Vibraphone – Michael Lipsey 
Drums, Tabla – Dan Weiss 
Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – Joel Harrison 
Kanjira, Udu, Konnokol – V. Selvaganesh 
Tabla – Nittin Mitta 
Marimba, Vibraphone, Timpani, Glockenspiel – Matt Ward 
Sarod – Anupam Shobhakar 
Saxophone, Bassoon – Ben Wendel 

To enter the immersive realm of 'Still Point: Turning World' is to join guitarist/composer Joel Harrison and colleagues in embracing the gloriously enlightening globalisation of music, unhindered by category or preconception. 

This original eight-movement work brings together contemporary percussion quartet Talujon (Matt Ward, Michael Lipsey, Tom Kolor, David Cossin), Indian sarode player Anupam Shobhakar, and jazz musicians Hans Glawaschnig (bass), Ben Wendel (saxophone/bassoon) and Dan Weiss (drums/tabla) to realise the guitarist's striking, kaleidoscopic vision. Guests include V. Selvaganesh (percussion), Nittin Mitta (tabla), and Stephan Crump (bass). 

The breadth of Washington DC-born Joel Harrison's discography (twenty albums, as leader) speaks of the eclecticism of his creativity, encompassing jazz, blues, rock, classical, Appalachian music, and intensely personal, lyrical songs. 'Still Point: Turning World' seeks out further expansive pathways thanks to Harrison's skilful integration of beguiling, unexpected timbres and rhythms, all presented by the virtuosic and shared prowess of this impressive nonet. 

Dive into "Raindrops in Uncommon Times" and you're transported along marimba and tabla-hued tributaries as guitar, sarode, sax, and konnakol improvisations coruscate across its rippling shadows; and in "One is Really Many", the excitement of Shobhakar's complex Indian raga patterns are matched by Weiss's intense, fiery drumming. Elsewhere Harrison's gritty, wailing guitar phrases and Wendel's extraordinary wailing saxophone colour "Permanent Impermanence". 

"The concept of 'Still Point: Turning World' is to take the listener on a soulful journey", confirms Harrison. "The aim is to go deeply into quiet, private introverted spaces, and then also into passionate explosions of percussive wildness." This is, indeed, a genre-busting odyssey of discovery. 

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