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Eric Harland holds down the drum chair in such excellent units as The Charles Lloyd Quartet, Dave Holland’s Prism, and James Farm. His own group, Eric Harland’s Voyager, released their debut in 2010, and the expansive Vipassana is the 2014 follow-up. Hip-hop, R&B, rock, and the influence of Eastern philosophy all find their way onto this excellent album. Taylor Eigsti’s grand piano chords, Nir Felder’s slinky guitar, and the soothing, soulful vocals of Chris Turner welcome the listener on the opener, “Relax.” “Passana,” which has propulsive bass from Harish Raghavan and layers of wordless vocals, brings to mind the spiritual side of the innovative hip-hop artist Flying Lotus. “Normal,” a sort of variation on a rock ballad, features assertively strummed acoustic guitar and big electric power chords. Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” is grounded by a simple beat in a spare, gentle arrangement that imbues the piece with a vibe that's quite distinct from the original. The closer, “Dhyana,” opens with searing guitar that evokes '70s prog-rock before things turn funky, and Turner lets loose all sorts of vocalizations.

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Vipassana -

I'm still getting deeper into this musical journey, ripe with personal insights. I want to comment before I lose my first impressions.

Fluid, dreamy, cohesive, imaginative, sensually subtle and extremely musical.

The key to this ocean of music can be found in Maiden Voyage. If you get that, you get it all.

- The Watcher -

An expansive, diverse work of art

Eric Harland shows his flexibility, song-writing, virtuosity and vision in this diverse album that shouldn’t logically exhibit any cohesion, but in fact does just that. Session this album. It is a departure from his last “Live By Night” Voyager release, but what fun is an artist who doesn’t grow, evolve, test new waters and push oneself? Eric is doing all that and more on Vipassana.

Grateful

I'm so thankful for all your love and support.

Biography

Born: 1978 in Houston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The story of jazz drummer extraordinaire Eric Du'sean Harland, a first-call player of the decade from 2000 onward, is one filled with courage, persistence, and fortitude. Born in Houston, Texas, in 1978, he is the nephew of Houston vocalist Leo Polk. An extremely overweight teenager, he was a target of cruel children, mean-spirited teachers, and at times, family members. His religious mother, believing she had seen a vision when he was born, was convinced that Eric was the messiah-in-waiting. She...
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