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Primal Odyssey

Artist: Arun Ghosh

Date of Release: 24/10/2011

Catalogue no: CAMOCI002

Label: camoci records

Price: £12.50

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Caliban's Revenge

4.00

2

 

Unravel

6.21

3

 

Yerma

3.49

4

 

Lal Qil'ah (The Red Fort)

2.48

5

 

Headrush

4.10

6

 

Intifada

4.52

7

 

Eros

5.16

8

 

Damascus

4.08

9

 

Icarus

4.00

10

 

Nocturne (Chandra Dhun)

3.08

 

 

 

 

Primal Odyssey is the highly anticipated 2nd album from Arun Ghosh and represents the culmination of the many musical journeys that Ghosh has undertaken throughout his career as a performer, composer, music educator and recording artist.
Primal Odyssey marks a back-to-basics approach to recording, the live sound of Ghosh's Horn E Bass Quintet, five musicians in a room, playing together, a classic jazz set-up.
A narrative-driven album, inspirations and influences for Primal Odyssey range from Greek mythology, Bengali baul music, Don Cherry, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, the late Pete Postlethwaite and the Bible.

 

Reviews

 

30/10/2011 Dan Glazebrook, Morning Star

Arun Ghosh's first album Northern Namaste was a masterpiece.

Combining Indian scales with the heavy bass and brass of Africa-era John Coltrane, it created a depth and mystery rarely glimpsed in modern music, let alone sustained for an entire album.

This, his second offering, follows much the same formula and to similar effect.

While the melodies are perhaps not quite as developed as on the debut, the playing is tight, the beats are tough and Ghosh's clarinet playing as always is masterfully dynamic. And when it's combined with Idris Rahman's saxophone it's a undoubtedly a powerful force.

Ghosh manages to fuse various influences, including shades of Charlie Mingus on Icarus and even some grungy, punky, strummed bass on Lal Qil'ah, while never losing the overall integrity of his unique and superbly crafted sound.

Get yourself a copy - but get Northern Namaste first if you're a "novice."

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/news/content/view/full/111359

 

21/10/2011 Chris May, AllAboutJazz.com

"...turbulent, fired-up, rippling with sinew and driven by thick, bottom-heavy ostinatos."
"It is thrilling stuff; rough sex for the ears."
"A tremendous album."

Full review Online:-
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=40564

 

20/10/2011 Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise

"...Ghosh's music instantly commands attention and however much you hear of this album, you want to hear more."

4 stars

 

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