Pony Canyon Records
World, World Fusion, Indian Classical, Indian Subcontinent Traditions

Album Review

Drummer Jerry Marotta and bassist Tony Levin are both best known for their work as members of Peter Gabriel's band; Steve Gorn is less famous, but legendary in woodwind circles as a virtuoso player of various ethnic flutes and a regular collaborator with avant-garde flute maestro Robert Dick. To record this album, the three set up recording equipment (with the expert help of engineer Tchad Blake) in the cavernous Widow Jane Mine in upstate New York. The resulting music is, as one might expect, haunting, beautiful and prodigiously reverberant. Levin alternates between electric and upright bass and the Chapman Stick (a 12-stringed instrument designed to be played simultaneously as a bass and as a guitar); Marotta spends most of his time on subdued ethnic percussion instruments, focusing primarily on a set of handcrafted drums from Taos, NM; Gorn plays clarinet and saxophone, but makes his most affecting sound on the Indian bansuri flute. For several tracks, Blake took his microphones out in a boat on the underground lake that fills much of the mine, and the resulting sound is difficult to describe and well worth hearing. Highly recommended.
Rick Anderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Approaching the Cavern
  2. Man Walking from a to B
  3. In the Caves of the Iron Mountain
  4. Drumming on Water
  5. Devil's Kitchen
  6. Shakers in Five
  7. Glass Beads
  8. Joyous Lake
  9. Catskill Gallery: The Abandoned IBM Plant/Woodstock, the Indian Burial
  10. Catskill Gallery: Woodstock, The Indian Burial Ground
  11. Catskill Gallery: Swimming the Shokan Rooftops
  12. Catskill Gallery: Overlook Mountain
  13. Shepherd's Song
  14. Catacombs
  15. Magic Meadow
  16. The Widow Jane Mine
  17. Squeeze Box