Sunday, January 20, 2013

CD Review – Gypsy Grooves, by Priyo

Multi-instrumentalist Priyo’s latest album is an intoxicating blend of rhythmic grooves from the African, Mediterranean, and Spanish flamenco traditions, with his main instrument of acoustic guitar taking center stage.
The CD is truly a fusion of world music, with Priyo’s vibrant guitar playing underscoring a variety of genres, from dance and pop to new age and space jazz. Priyo especially stretches out on the appropriately named, reggae-influenced “Marswalk.”
In addition to Priyo’s guitars, the sound mix includes keyboards, bass, percussion, and entrancing male and female vocals. By the way, the female lead vocal on “Mia Amour” is one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.
This is an excellent guitar-based album full of engaging, buoyant musicality.
--Raj Manoharan

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