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Track 2 Shiva Station is reggae influenced. The guitar is tuned to sound like a sitar. Uttal's voice absolutely booms out at you. He sounds like the devotee in love with the guru and his / her teachings, wanting to take all on board, immersing himself in the fountain of divine truth. Jai Uttal does more to promote the concept of Indian religious music through this band than a lot of musicians who are involved in the east-west fusion game. I spent several months in an ashram in Herrakhan India about ten years ago doing exactly what Uttal does (not anywhere as well I may add). Hearing Jai Uttal singing these songs of praise and devotion always brings back good memories for me. repetition of the mantra brings on its own trance like state and as such JU sounds like he is in a semi permanent state of bliss and ecstasy, surrounded by his group of female backup singers. I can't help thinking that he has a beautiful voice. In fact it comes as a pleasant shock to suddenly hear him sing in English with the tune Calling You from Bhagdad Cafe. In fact on this recording he also sings in Bengali, Hindi and Sanskrit. Malkoun is an instrumental piece with all out support from the brass section, scorching guitar solos and killer bass playing. I assume from Mr Bill Laswell who mixed this release. Mine is a promo copy with not too much data but it sounds like him. Just as it sounds like it's all going to get bigger than Ben Hur, the harmonium brings it all to earth.
Rama Rhagawa-flute intro,electric guitar toned down into the background, JU sings introspectively, a muted trumpet weaving in and out of all this before the orchestra kicks in. For me a moment of sheer magic and poetry. Great to hear the Hammond organ.Read more ›
He shows his spirituality and musicianship consistently. But nothing really gets in the way of the listening experience. It's not that easy to make something simple and easy to listen to out of something that, compared with most modern music, is quite complicated.
There are three kinds of people who listen to Jai Uttal:
1: Those who are into his kind of spirituality.
2: Those who are into the music.
3: Those who are all the above.
4: Those who just want musical wallpaper.
It doesn't really matter whether you're a 1, 2 or 3. With Jai Uttal, it's easy: just dig it. If you're a 4, fine ... but be prepared to turn into at least a 2.
Some of his albums fall more easily into spirituality than the others - for example, "Music for yoga and other joys" - but Shiva Station is indisputably best for listeners in zone three.
I've listened to a handful of his albums, and got the desire to buy them too.
I disagree with the suggestion that he's taken Indian music and corrupted it into Reggae. That could only come from listening to a small part of only one track. What he's done is carved one more step in his path.
The hand of co-producer and guru Bill Laswell is evident more on some tracks than others, but that's the way he does it. And although Jai plays most of the instruments himself, there are more than a handful of others involved. The music is quite loosely hung together; at times it's almost improvisational. There are obvious Indian elements.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jetter, richer, deeper. I started my mantra journey to listening to his tracks years ago. I interviewed him for LA Yoga magazine a while back. Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by sam slovick
I bought this CD for a friend who loves music. I wanted to share the joy of of this amazing mix of cultures. The music inspires and gets you moving, too.Published on March 22, 2013 by Mark Jacobina
Great mix of music & flow for teaching (Hot Yoga or Power Yoga) intermediate level classes. Good beats, spiritual undertone and uplifting. Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by DeBorah McCoy
I really enjoy Indian Fusion music. I know Jai Uttal is quite popular and I listened to sample tracks on this CD and was impressed with some of the instrumentals. Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by T.T.
'Shiva Station' has been around for awhile - I've been listening to it since the late nineties. In my opinion, it is without question, Jai Uttal's best effort to date. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by cvairag
Jai Uttal transports me every time
and the journeys are always
pleasant. I highy recommend this
music to everyone because it is... Read more
I bought this CD for Yoga practice because I am a fan of Jai's music. I was pleasantly surprised by the jazz sounds on this disc. Read morePublished on December 17, 2005 by Sarah J. Broda