NAPRA Review (09-10/02, pp.73-74) - "...A master of the recording studio, combining aboriginal and East Indian beats with electronica to produce the definitive trance dance sound..."
New Age Retailer (1-2/03, pp.164-5) - "...Asher's collaborative drumming takes your booty to a place that bursts with energy....Complex polyrhythms generate so much heat the stereo becomes in danger of a meltdown..."
Personnel includes: James Asher, Rory Baxter, Glen Velez, Volker Grum, Tom Eldridge, Melanie Hurn, Dinesh K, Mahavir, Chris Hurn, Mohan Parmar, Claudia Booth, Surinder Kamath, Mike Booth, Craig Pruess, Billy Willmington, Surjit Singh, Bob willmington, Peter Lockett, Erik Pelham, Melanie Doherty, Miles Bould, Rory Baxter, Sandeep Raval, Mike Choi, Johnny Kalsi, Phil Thornton, Sumeet Chopra, Simon Finch, Kiran Pal Singh, Jamie Anderson, Kiran Thakrar.
SHAMAN DRUMS is a best-of collection that showcases percussionist/keyboardist James Asher's most rapturous moments. From his acclaimed FEET IN THE SOIL album come "Send in the Drums" and "Red Rhythm Dragon," featuring Aboriginal drumming with didgeridoo drones. Complex Gambian percussion lights up "Tantango," from the same album. The bewitching "Temple Gates," from TIGERS OF THE RAJ, succeeds at fusing classical Indian drumming and bansuri flutes with a trancey modern sound. Most exciting here is the previously released "Amma," an exhilarating collage of techno-tribal beats, strenuous percussion by popular Indian drummer Sivamani, and radiant female vocals. If you've missed Asher's previous work, this is the place to start.
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