Thursday, March 4, 2010

Manisha Shahane - When Parallel Lines Meet

I remember the first time I heard Manisha Shahane sing…it was on a YouTube video, and even via that recording, the pure, versatile beauty of her voice and energy of her soul came through… I have been a fan ever since.

Each song on this album tells a story, and the arrangements vary from (my unofficial terms) jazz to world music to a contemporary-classic folk feel with a richness that can’t be categorized. Because the lyrics tell stories, you can listen to every word; because the music is cool, unique, beautiful, you can play the album simply to soothe and rejuvenate your spirit. It’s impossible for me to pick faves from the 10 tracks, but if I had to, I’d say “Girls Gone World,” “How Things Change,” and “In Search of Yaman.”

My eclectic musical tastes run from classic jazz greats -- Ella, Nina, Lena -- to Jimi Hendrix, to anything with flute (jazz, Telemann, Native American), to electronica, to medieval a cappella music performed by Anonymous Four.

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Review of When Parallel Lines Meet: New Album From Manisha Shahane in 2010

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