Thunder Love by Jai Uttal
After focusing on traditional Kirtan (chanting) music for the last several years, Jai Uttal returns to his signature blend of world-music, American roots music, and devotional Bengali chanting. This recording is exceptionally well crafted and produced, and Jai does an amazing job of incorporating sultry Brazilian rhythms with ancient Sanskrit mantras. The spectrum of instruments used on this Cd is just astounding, and I especially enjoyed the documentation and use of “toy instruments, cookware, and pots and pans.”This is the most rockin’ and musically diverse Cd Jai has recorded, and by far one of the most enjoyable. And even though these tracks have a fast tempo and a definite western rock style to them, there is also a noticeable sweetness to all of the tracks, especially on Never Felt This Love, which features the vocals of his son Ezra. This would be a great album to introduce someone to the world of chanting and is a must-have for Jai Uttal fans.
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