Force of Nature

Force of Nature

by 3rd Force
     
 

Whatever happened to new age? You know, that transcendental, largely acoustic, post-hippie music you listened to while burning incense and increasing your awareness? Like every other category in instrumental music, its definitions have stretched to the bursting point, basically rendering the term's initial intentions moot. One of the labels responsible for the radical…  See more details below

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Whatever happened to new age? You know, that transcendental, largely acoustic, post-hippie music you listened to while burning incense and increasing your awareness? Like every other category in instrumental music, its definitions have stretched to the bursting point, basically rendering the term's initial intentions moot. One of the labels responsible for the radical alteration of the image is Higher Octave, whose crazed sense of worldbeat, jazz, pop, and urban inventiveness has made most of its releases far too eclectic for the new age category come Grammy time. Grandest case in point so far is Force of Nature, the latest hard-to-peg offering by 3rd Force, a guitar-keyboards percussion trio whose mosaic of funk, blues, jazz, and Latin music defies any notion that pop instrumental music is just too simple. And that's just on the first track, which sets a tone for the flashy unpredictability of the disc. Though the band will never hit the R&B charts, much of the synth groovin' cooked up by William Aura and friends casts spells darker and more insightful than most rhythm and jazz releases. Most of the new agey elements -- nature sounds, bird calls -- come in the intros that then give way to memorable ocean drives and jungle melodies. Part of the crossover appeal is provided by all-star guests like Craig Chaquico, Chaquico, keyboardist Ozzie Ahlers, saxmen Gary Herbig and Boney James, and Peter White, whose acoustic guitar and accordion work on "Here Comes the Night" rivals his playing on his own albums.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/1995
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724387756922
catalogNumber:
77569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

3rd Force   Primary Artist
William Aura   Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Vox Organ
Peter White   Guitar,Accordion
Boney James   Saxophone
Craig Chaquico   Guitar
Ozzie Ahlers   Organ,Piano
Gerlando Compilati   Dumbek,Bongos,Conga
Craig Dobbin   Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Jeff Elliot   Trumpet
Alain Eskinasi   Percussion,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards
Gary Herbig   Flute,Oboe,Saxophone
Tony Karasek   Sitar,Tabla,Tamboura,Ghantam,surbahar
Peer Rave   Drums

Technical Credits

William Aura   Composer,Producer
3rd Force   Arranger,Producer
Lorita DeLaCerna   Digital Editing
Craig Dobbin   Composer,Contributor
Alain Eskinasi   Composer,Contributor
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Joseph L. Steiner   Mastering
Stephen K. Peeples   Liner Notes
Alain Eskanasi   Composer

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