Jazzy World Music CD: Secret Journey by Omar Akram
Omar Akram and his band have created on Secret Journey a musical collection that truly has something for everyone. Do you love piano? It’s featured in some of the tracks such as “Run Away With Me”. Do you love guitar? Then, you will find great pleasure in the extremely unique sounds produced on these tracks. Is flute your love, or maybe woodwinds? There too are clearly heard and blended with percussion and other, less common, instruments such as the duduke and ethnic drums, to create a mature, elegant and engaging sound in each and every cut on this album.
In a quote from Omar Akram, he says, “I invite music lovers from all cultures to join me…on this Secret Journey.” His life experience of living in various countries, being exposed to differing cultures, and living life to the fullest clearly shows in his music. The rich layering brings together sounds vaguely ethnic and tribal with jazz and new age sounds. As Akram’s third album, it is clear his music is maturing and developing, so it will be quite exciting to see what comes with his future efforts considering how pleasing to the ear his current work is.
The title track is perhaps one of the best but there is no fault to be found with any of the dozen musical paintings delivered on Secret Journey. Whether you will find “Stargazers” or “Seven Secrets” to be your favorite, or perhaps “Whispers in the Moonlight” or “Angel of Hope”, you will find that this is not a CD which makes you wish to play only one or two of the cuts. The entire experience is totally entrancing.
With so many recently released albums being ones you only buy to load the single great track onto your iPod, it is hard to find great value in music today. Secret Journey is a real exception to what is becoming an all-too-sad rule in the music industry. This complete world music CD represents an investment in music you will listen to often, perhaps even every day.
Featured with Omar Akram on Secret Journey are Gregg Karukas on keyboards, drums and percussion; Ardeshir Farah and Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic guitars; Pedro Eustache on flute, duduke and wind instruments; Charlie Bisharat on violin; and Ron Wagner on ethnic percussion. Each and every one of these extremely talented musicians blend together perfectly to create the unique tonal voyage as you travel through these tunes on your own Secret Journey.
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