Brink

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
The ever-growing genre that finds classical Indian instrumentation and hymns being used by Western musicians can basically be traced back to the Beatles' 1968 trip to India. Fast-forward 30 years and you find that artists like Krishna Das broke further ground by making kirtan or chanting music popular amongst the minor masses of hatha yoga practitioners and spiritual seekers. Dave Stringer falls somewhere between those two signposts, leaning slightly more toward the Beatles' side of the fence, as he also draws on jazz and pop influences to round out his sound. The resulting Brink is an eclectic, though flowing, blend of thoughtful compositions and Indian traditionals. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
The ever-growing genre that finds classical Indian instrumentation and hymns being used by Western musicians can basically be traced back to the Beatles' 1968 trip to India. Fast-forward 30 years and you find that artists like Krishna Das broke further ground by making kirtan or chanting music popular amongst the minor masses of hatha yoga practitioners and spiritual seekers. Dave Stringer falls somewhere between those two signposts, leaning slightly more toward the Beatles' side of the fence, as he also draws on jazz and pop influences to round out his sound. The resulting Brink is an eclectic, though flowing, blend of thoughtful compositions and Indian traditionals. Stringer is by no means the greatest vocalist in the world, but he manages to pull it off with half-decent aplomb whether singing about math trouble or Lord Shiva. He's also joined by the really stunning multilingual vocalists Azam Ali, Mamak Khadem, and Donna Delory in Sanskrit, Farsi, and English, respectively. Good taste in the supporting cast can help carry a fellow a long way. Both "I and Me" and "Ganashyama" are sensually haunting in their expressions of spiritual longing and devotion. If you're in the mood for a mellow version of Jai Uttal, Brink is worth checking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Valley
  • UPC: 618321516225
  • Catalog Number: 15162
  • Sales rank: 320,847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Checking the Arithmetic (4:27)
  2. 2 Sleep (5:03)
  3. 3 Shivo'ham, Shivo'ham (6:53)
  4. 4 The Satellite Sky (3:33)
  5. 5 I and Me (6:20)
  6. 6 Corpse Waiting to Happen (4:32)
  7. 7 The Homing Instinct (5:08)
  8. 8 GanashyĆ£ma (6:52)
  9. 9 River (4:25)
  10. 10 Jaya Vitthale (4:38)
  11. 11 Brink (5:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Stringer Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin, Piano, Accordion, Harmonium, Vocals, Melodica, Tamboura, Swaramandala, Appalachian Dulcimer, Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar, Electric Dulcimer
Donna De Lory Vocal Harmony
Hans Christian Bass, Piano, Cello, Sarangui, Nyckelharpa, Santoor
James Harrah Electric Guitar
John Loose Cymbals, Tabla, Bells
Ian Walker Bass, Tamboura
David Zasloff Trumpet
Jay Bellerose Drums, Cajon
Lionel Cole Piano, Background Vocals
Cameron Stone Cello, Background Vocals
Suzanne Teng Bass Flute, Soprano Flute, Piccolo
Juliet Prater Cymbals, Triangle, Bells, Shaker, Zil, Frame Drum
Azam Ali Vocals
Girish Gambhira Tabla
Mamak Khadem Vocals
Caleb Brennan Background Vocals
Liz Burnette Background Vocals
Seane Corn Background Vocals
Shakti Gray Background Vocals
Michael Black Background Vocals
Joni Allen Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Kris Solem Mastering
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