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Cruise Control [Steven Halpern]

  • 1. Cruise Control
    2. Kundalini Rising
    3. Aura-Gasm
    4. Memories of Atlantis
    5. Unknown Country
    6. Audio Espresso
    7. Yoga Boogie Shuffle
    8. Soft and Warm
    9. Shambhala
    10. Wrapped Around Your Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7899

  • Credits
    ProducerSteven Halpern; Warren Dennis Kahn
    EngineerWarren Dennis Kahn

    Personnel: Steven Halpern (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Jim Surles (guitar); Mark Van Wageningen (5-string bass); Kim Atkinson (congas, bongos, batajon, shaers, triangle, Chinese bells); Geoffrey Gordon (frame drum); Ian Dogole (udu).
    Recorded at Banquet Sound Studio, Santa Rosa, California.
    Personnel: Steven Halpern (keyboards); Marc van Wageningen (electric bass); Kim Atkinson (congas, bongos, shaker, triangle); Geoffrey Gordon (frame drum).
    Recording information: Banquet Sound Studio, Santa Rosa, CA.
    Steven Halpern took a risk with this album, with exciting dividends. Long the master of quiet, healing music with a heartbeat pace, Halpern plays with a full funk-rock band here, exploring rhythm, melody, and harmony--as opposed to just tone--in relation to healing. The intended effect of these instrumentals is to raise the kundalini, the energy of pure potentiality coiled up in the spine.
    The band boasts guitarist Jim Surles--a player who meshes blues, psychedelia, and space-dust like a new age David Gilmour--and a rhythm section that leans towards the fluid beat of the urban shaman. While the compositions themselves don't break any new ground, the inspired playing and production create exalted emotional states without overtaxing the heart or nervous system.

  • Critic Reviews
    NAPRA Review (01-02/02, p.76) - "...Ten tracks explore sound as a conduit for connecting with cosmic energies, through a fusion of drum, guitar, keyboard, and ambient grooves..."
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