ZZCD 9808 – Bird Dancer

Jazz Orient

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“Music to engage the mind, heart and soul”, trumpets the sleeve, and the CDs opener ‘ Venita’s Dance’ is certainly and arresting statement of intent: Indian rhythms and percussion collide with jazzy improvisation as vocalist Linda Shanovitch weaves through the mix sounding like Björn on helium. Jazz orient are Shanovitch, Baluji Shrivastav on sitar, tabla and voice and  Chris Conway on keyboards guitars and tin whistle. Their music draws influences from European folk tradition as well as jazz and the Indian subcontinent, fusing them into chesive and usually satisfying structures. Shanovitch’s voice in particular is striking and expressive throughout.