"Bluesand" (2001-4) represents a major leap in Edward's recording career. His intension, with this 4 year composing/recording project, was to gracefully combine all the element of his musical development thus far: Bluesy "Afro" roots, with Indian (and Arabic) music. The album flows smoothly and deeply, but without a dull moment. Sitar, oud, fretless guitar, and Edward's Indian and bluesy vocals are featured throughout.
Edward took a great deal of time and care with this album: composing, recording, and producing painstakingly over more than four years. However the music still sounds fresh and alive despite the perfectionist approach with which this Cd was made.
On Bluesand Edward wanted to give equal voice to sitar, fretless guitar, and oud, as well as stylistically equal space for Indian, North African, and Bluesy influences. The result is definitely rhythmic and catchy. There are no ballads on this record but each tune is gentle in its grooviness. Friedsitar's Scott White contributes with some unbelievable bass playing and strong compositional ideas.
Multi-talented world percussionist Patrick Feldner provides Bluesand's solid backbone, in fact the entire Cd was composed using Pat's drum grooves as a foundation. Pat also contributed many conceptual ideas, and a melodic theme on 'kalimba' (in "Megh").
released September 4, 2004
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