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Asana 2: Moving Meditation

  • 1. Devata - Material
    2. Amrita Flux - Sacred Systems
    3. Beyond the Zero - Bill Laswell
    4. Calling, The - Pressure Drop
    5. Magnetic-Beat Matrix - Tabla Beat Science
    6. Solar Spirit
    7. Sattvam - Mike D/Sharon Gannon
    8. Corpse Posse - Divination
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10

  • Credits
    ProducerMike D; Pathaan; Bill Laswell
    EngineerBill McMullen; Noah Lebenzon; David Life; Janet Rienstra; Robert Musso

    Performers include: Bill Laswell, Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Nils Peter Movaer, Material, Pressure Drop, Asiatronic, Mike D., Sharon Gannon, Divination.
    Personnel: Nicky Skopelitis (guitar); Nils Petter Molvr (trumpet); Craig Taborn (electric piano); Bill Laswell (keyboards, sampler); Karsh Kale (drums, tabla); Zakir Hussain (tabla).
    Audio Mixer: Mike D .
    Recording information: Bombay, India; Gokul, India; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Orange Music, West Orange, NJ.
    Creator: Bill Laswell .
    Photographer: Janet Rienstra.
    Arrangers: Mike D ; Bill Laswell .
    As is the case with several albums from the Meta catalog, this one is actually a compilation drawn primarily from albums on other labels made by bassist and producer Bill Laswell and his various group-name aliases: Material, Divination, Sacred Systems, and so on. And, as is also usually the case with these compilations, you should not be misled by words like "meditation" in the title. While the music is generally quite beautiful, it is not necessarily either relaxing or soothing; on the contrary, tracks like "Devata" by Material and the reggae-flavored "Beyond the Zero" (which is credited to Laswell and features the talents of guitarist Nicky Skopelitis and drummer Karsh Kale, among others) are rumbling sonic behemoths that move with the ponderous inevitability of charging elephants and will inspire in the average person few things less than quiet relaxation. Ditto the sturdy mid-tempo groove of "Magnetic" by Beat Matrix (taken from the Tabla Beat Science album). Whether or not this album represents a successful fusion of the meditative and the groovealicious, it's lots of fun and highly recommended to anyone who loves exotic beat music. ~ Rick Anderson

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