Ken Kaufman,
Rhythms of the World
(Relax with Swann, 2002)

This CD is decidedly for relaxation. It is so new age, it makes George Winston sound like Jerry Lee Lewis. It would be excellent for yoga, massage or guided meditations.

There are four cuts ranging from 11 to 18 minutes long, described, in order, as Native American, American, Oriental and Tropical. Each cut also reflects one of the seasons ("Autumn of Tranquility" and so on).

It is keyboard-based, mostly piano, with background instruments that include harp, recorder, oboe, temple bells, xylophone, flute, bass and guitar. Piano/keyboard triplets maintain a soothing background while the other instruments provide the "international" flavor. More information is available at the website.

There is not much else to say, and anyway I am really starting to relax ... a lot ... just let me type my name....

- Rambles
written by Dave Howell
published 17 January 2004

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