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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Aether (CD)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Awaken (CD)

 
DANIEL & BOOTH - Mutiny (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL DANIEL - Henglers Circus (CD)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - A Gradual Awakening (cd-r)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - The Best of Danna & Clément (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Sirens (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Skys (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - A Day within Days (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Autumn's Apple (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Dream in Blue (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Falling Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - From Pale Hands to Weary Skies (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Little Things (cd/digital download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Skyful of Bliss (CD-r)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Songs from the Deep Field (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - The Zen Master’s Diary (cd-r)

 
KELLY DAVID - Angkor (cd)

 
KELLY DAVID - Broken Voyage (cd)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Even Darker Still (cd-r)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Green Moss Trail (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN DAVIES - Floating Galaxy (cd-r)

 
ROBERT DAVIES - Shadow Dreams (cd-r)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - R’Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Banished From The Realm (Digital Download)

 
DEDAST - Soft Landing (Digital Download)

 
DEEP IMAGINATION - Gemstones (cd-r)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Highlands & Skylands (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Momentum (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - The New Fast Lane (cd)

 
DEEPERNET - Impossible Landscapes (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEEPERNET - One (cd/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - Another Empty Galaxy (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sea (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat, 30th anniversary edition (CD/Digial Download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit (Lp/CD)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Cambrian (cd)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Ganda (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Atmosphere (Lp/CD)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Painted Black (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Atlantis Rising (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Ambient Life (cd)

 
DIATONIS - An Abstract View (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Highway 1 (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Invisible Order (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Landscape of a Dream (cd/Digital Download)

 
DIATONIS - Pond (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
DILATE - Cyclos (cd)

 
DILATE - Octagon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DISTANT SYSTEM - Spiral Empire (CD/Digital Download)

 
DJEN AJAKAN SHEAN - Crows Heading For Point Blank (cd-single)

 
DANIEL DOROBANTU - Knock on the Sky and listen to the Sound (cd)

 
GEOFFREY DOWNES - The New Dance Orchestra/The Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DREAMSTATE - A Decade Dreaming (cd-r)

 
MARK DWANE - 2012 (cd)

 
MARK DWANE - The Monuments of Mars (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Full Boundary Condition (CD)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Generation-Transmission-Illumination (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - No Boundary Condition (cd)

 
JOHN DYSON - Darklight (cd)


DARSHAN AMBIENT
Dream in Blue
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, LotusPike, 2011
The music for "Dream in Blue" by Michael Allison (aka Darshan Ambient) was highly inspired by the music of jazz giants Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In addition, Mr Allison says he feels there’s certainly a sonic bridge between jazz and ambient music, a logic extension between the two genres, both often relying on spontaneity and improvisation.

Well, on this recording Darshan Ambient most certainly takes his music in another direction: from the first track on I had the strange experience to listen to a less electronic sounding, Patrick O’Hearn kind-of instrumental music with occasional more up-tempo excursions. Electronics are still present, but electric bass, guitar and drum sequencing are more upfront, as is a strong jazzy scent running through all pieces along influences from India and the Middle-East. Not to forget the jazzy Isham-ish trumpet showing up now and then. Several pieces, such as "As you are" or "Sun Fade" even border easy-listening, while "Waiting on a Dead Man’s Horse" is the only take that walks the reflective avenue. And there’s also some progressive instrumental rock displayed on "Sahara Sun", the most powerful piece on the cd.

In the end, the musical style blending ambient and jazz that’s featured on "Dream in Blue" is not my cup of tea, and repeated listens didn’t change that opinion.

Website: www.darshanambient.org

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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