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Distant Borders Revisited

by Glen Helgeson

Distant Borders (revisited): delves into Latin, Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms, delivering a suite of savvy modern and traditional grooves, spiced with exotic instrumentation.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. African Song
4:04 $0.99
2. Smooth Wes
4:36 $0.99
3. The Mambo Told Me
5:16 $0.99
4. Red Moon
5:03 $0.99
5. A Wedding On Venus
3:09 $0.99
6. Latin A La Linda
4:34 $0.99
7. Room 231
4:41 $0.99
8. River East
2:59 $0.99
9. ...If This
4:09 $0.99
10. Sweet Ears
4:36 $0.99
11. The Whirl
5:51 $0.99
12. Southern Exposure
4:32 $0.99
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Distant Borders Revisited (2006) is a provocative and intoxicating mixture of world-beat grooves and contemporary jazz. Emotional and sophisticated, taking the listener on a journey through landscapes of alluring melodies with a global blend of diverse styles and instrumentation. Distant Borders Revisited: delves into Latin, Middle Eastern, Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms.

Each track is a multi-layered, textured palette for Helgeson to paint his diverse guitar melodies. A rich mix of varied percussion keep the groove fresh, tasty and authentic throughout the CD while the guitar and violin exchange melodic inter-play on such tunes as, The Mambo Told Me, Red Moon, and The Whirl. Peter Ostroushko’s shimmering mandolin shares the melodic spotlight with Helgeson on A Wedding on Venus, Latin A La Linda, and River East. On tracks Smooth Wes and Red Moon, Helgeson teams up with local guitar virtuoso and collaborator Dean Magraw who plays funky, in-the groove rhythm and contributes a dazzling guitar solo on Sweet Ears.



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John Book, Music For America

Great musicianship layered over nice and warm jazz, tropical and pop sounds
Something more straightforward is Distant Borders (Revisited) (Worldview Music) by Glen Helgeson, whose guitar work is layered over nice and warm jazz, tropical, and pop sounds. Some of the titles express the music very well: "African Song", "The Mambo Told Me", "Latin A La Linda", and "Southern Exposure". Some of it comes off as backdrop music one can hear during The Weather Channel commercial breaks, while other songs are as strong as the work of Trilok Gurtu, a bit of an amalgamation of a gumbo ready for the eating, just add rice.

None of it is groundbreaking, but one can assume its target audience isn't looking for improvisational solos or something that will take them to the nth level of possibilities. It's safe, and for some that may be all you need.


This is a fabulous CD, excellent musicianship and world-beat grooves.