Uplifting serene musical adventure Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy – Autumn Monsoon

Uplifting serene musical adventure Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy – AUTUMN MONSOON:  I have to tell you that this is my first listen to Suzanne and Gilbert’s wonderfully uplifting and serene musical adventure; it certainly will NOT be the last (in fact, I’ll be hitting the promoter up for any and all albums they have done).  As always, the very best way to get a sense of where their creativity led them is to watch them in action in this trailer video of the title track for the album, “Autumn Monsoon“:

…you’ll find many more exciting videos/performances when you SUBSCRIBE to the Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey YouTube channel – I did it IMMEDIATELY, and you should too.

Suzanne performs on an assortment of Native American flutes, with Gilbert on an array of world percussion and drums, the bass dulcimer, Turkish lute (saz), Inuk (hybrid guitar) and the melodic metal drums Hang and Rav. Teng also adds performances on the alto and bass flutes, Indian harp (Swaramandala) and voice. Fellow Mystic Journey members Dann Torres and Jon Ossman contribute glorious performances on the guitar and dilruba, the East Indian fiddle… one of the most enlightened pieces I have ever heard (and that’s SAYING something, because I have listened to 1000’s) is the 5:46 “Sueños” (it means dreams)…Suzanne’s flute is (quite simply) haunting on the introduction, with swirls of strings in, around and through her notes… I just LOVED this tune… I predict it will be getting MAJOR airplay on stations (of all sorts) around the globe!

One of the shorter pieces on this fantastic release, “Traveler“, has some excellent percussion woven underneath Suzanne’s crystal-clear flute, and will hold you captivated for the entire 4:25… the pacing is exquisite on this very engaging composition.

It was the sustained flute passages on the introduction to the longest piece on the album, “Journey of Life“, that made it my personal favorite of the ten songs offered up for your acoustic adventure… as the percussion and strings of all sorts blend together with Suzanne’s flute, you will be transported to higher planes than you’ve ever reached before!

I give Suzanne, Gilbert and their players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this most memorable (and collectible) album.  Get more information on the Mystic Journey page.       Rotcod Zzaj


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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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