Balance

by The Supplicants

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Kaushik Sankaranarayanan
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Kaushik Sankaranarayanan After stumbling upon Sameer Gupta's Namaskar album (highly worth the purchase btw) I decided to give The Supplicant's Balance a listen. I'm so glad I did! This is Jazz at its very finest! Give it a whirl and you wont be disappointed! Would love to see a vinyl release for this. Favorite track: Missouri.
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about

Here we are a couple years into the new millennium and its very clear that quite a few of us have gotten so far away from our soul matrix that we need words to help us listen and overstand music. We hear more with our intellect than with our hearts and that is very distressing to say the least. It means that some of us have list that vital connection to the spirit world of intuition, soul and grace. We have to remember that we are more than human, that our collective consciousness speaks of the enlightenment of the cosmos. WE are interstellar vibratory beings resonating with the essence of life, the sounds and frequencies of forces set into motion. Music will be our salvation and we mist choose to embrace its magic and healing properties. Cultures from all over the world view music in this light. One only has to consider the Ragas of North and South India, or the trance forms of the Gnawa people in Morocco to realize this, yet those of us in the west still de-value music by viewing it as a commodity, a material luxury. Perhaps we should reconsider this.

When Akhenaten became Pharaoh succeeding his father Amenhotep III he immediately declared Aten the Sun God to be the only god, introducing monotheism to the ancient world. He also elevated the arts to a status never before seen in Kemet (Egypt) and the surviving art from this period is magnificent. We can only speculate on the beauty and power of the music but it would not be a stretch to assume that musicians flourished during Akhenaten's reign. They most definitely created a spiritual based on the irrationality of creativity, a music integrated into the very fiber of everyday life. It is in this notion that we need to return to. WE have forgotten the songs our ancestors sang 10,000 years ago even though they are embedded in our DNA. Fortunately, it won't remain this way forever because the cosmos won't allow it. Messages are being sent from beyond the sun to artists and musicians, those individuals who choose to be creators in a world of destruction and chaos. Their legacy will be the upliftment of human kind through beauty and sound.

This collection of celestial tones (and others like it) you hold in your hands will help to make this enlightenment possible.

The Supplicants believe wholeheartedly in the metaphysical spiritual qualities of music, specifically the body of sound known as jazz created and innovated by the black and brown men and women brought here in chains 400 years ago. Their music reflects the continuum of this music, from New Orleans polyphony to bebop’s virtuosic complexity to the funk and groove of hard bop to the bold experimentation and astral outlook of the New Thing/Free Jazz. It also reflects a global orientation, embracing the tones and textures of Africa, India, the Carribean and Eastern Europe. It is a music that’s firmly rooted in the past while pointing to the future using the moments of now to express what is truly happening. This is where jazz and the people of earth are headed. The only question is are you ready to go?

- David Boyce (2002)

credits

released May 18, 2002

Sameer Gupta: Drums;Tabla;Percussion
David Ewell: Acoustic Bass
Richard Howell: Tenor Sax; Soprano Sax; Talking Drum
David Boyce: Tenor Sax; Soprano Sax; Bass clarinet; Percussion

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Sameer Gupta New York, New York

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drum set and Indian classical music on tabla. By combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his Indian heritage and American roots, Gupta has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. ... more

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