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A Burgeoning Consciousness

by Noshir Mody

Throughout 'A Burgeoning Consciousness', Noshir Mody displays his own highly individual sound on the guitar along with a fresh imagination that reflects his wide musical experiences.
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1. Secrets in the Wood and Stone
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2. Consequence of the Uninitiated
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3. Precipice of Courage
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4. Reconciling Loss
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5. Weaving Our Future from the Past
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6. Forever July
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NOSHIR MODY releases A BURGEONING CONSCIOUSNESS, the guitarist-composer's latest collection of atmospheric jazz

Noshir Mody, a highly inventive guitarist and arranger-composer, has recently released his latest set of picturesque and atmospheric jazz, A Burgeoning Consciousness. Six of Mody’s originals are performed by a superior sextet comprised of the leader’s guitar, alto and tenor-saxophonist Mike Mullan, trumpeter Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Charshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida.

The constantly-evolving performances are lengthy with all but one being over 11 minutes. The musicians have opportunities to stretch out and take listeners to unexpected locations. The music often features dense grooves behind the soloists, along with a purposeful forward momentum and a strong sense of melody.

“Secrets In The Wood And Stone,” with its uplifting theme, colorful ensembles and hot alto solo, opens the set with the warmth of a sunrise. The mysterious “Consequence Of The Uninitiated” builds to a passionate level. “Precipice Of Courage” has a militaristic rhythm that launches fine solos from Mullan on tenor, pianist Charshee and Mody. The wistful “Reconciling Loss,” inventive groove of “Weaving Our Future From The Past,” and lyrical ballad “Forever July” add more musical adventures to the program.

Throughout A Burgeoning Consciousness, Noshir Mody displays his own highly individual sound on the guitar along with a fresh imagination that reflects his wide musical experiences. Born and raised in Bombay, India, he was self-taught on guitar. Mody has stated that his early inspirations included Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, music from Bollywood, and rock along with the modern jazz guitar masters.

After moving to New York in 1995, Noshir Mody dedicated himself to creative music, regularly leading his own trio in clubs. His original conception to playing music was well showcased in his groups The EthniFusion Rock Ensemble and The EthniFusion Jazz Ensemble. Mody’s impressionistic playing and colorful originals were documented in his solo guitar recording In This World With You, his trio set Union Of Hearts and by his quintet on Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately.

Now, with the release of A Burgeoning Consciousness, Noshir Mody has taken another giant step forward with arguably his finest recording to date.

For further information, contact info@NoshirMody.com

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Noshir Mody’s newest album expands minds; musical horizons by Dodie Miller-Gould
Bombay, India-born Noshir Mody has had an interesting foray into creative music since moving to New York City in 1995. The guitarist has released recordings as a solo artist and as part of ensembles. His solo album, “In This World With You,” and his release with a trio, “Union of Hearts,” and his quintet’s “Stories From the Years of Living Passionately,” all showcased Mody’s impressionistic and creative approach to expressing himself. He has also played with The EthniFusion Rock Ensemble and The EthniFusion Jazz Ensemble. Mody’s varied experiences have led to his latest release, “A Burgeoning Consciousness.” The album will be available May 11, 2018.

“A Burgeoning Consciousness” by Noshir Mody
Even if Mody’s album was titled something else, most listeners would get the impression of a broadening mindset or horizon just from hearing the opening song. The track has a certain gravitas without feeling overbearing. The album overall appears to be a brief set of six songs, however, upon closer inspection, audiences would find that the songs themselves are anything but brief. The songs’ running time range from just under 10 minutes to more than 15 minutes. Clearly, there is nothing here that is rushed and traditionally packaged. Audiences looking for flash will not find it on “A Burgeoning Consciousness.” But, a lack of “flash” does not mean a lack of style, talent or creativity.

The other aspect of the album that potential audiences should notice is a lack of title track. It is as though each song is allowed to contribute its own ideas to the soundscape.

The players on this release are Mody on guitar, Mike Mullan on tenor and alto saxophone, Benjamin Hankle on trumpet and flugelhorn, Campbell Charshee on piano, John Lenis on bass and Yutaka Uchida on drums.

“Secrets of the Wood and Stone” by Noshir Mody
Probably one of the greatest achievements of this song is its ability to evoke nature, movement, and consciousness without sounding like stereotypical New Age jazz. The soundscape is rich with saxophone. The horn sound seems to dominate the song, but it doesn’t merely make notes in an unfeeling way. Instead, the music that is created sounds like the movement of clouds across the sky. It is as though listeners are invited to think another way.

“Reconciling Loss” by Noshir Mody
Poignant guitar notes sound almost lonely as they play at the beginning of the song. The notes are alone in the soundscape until the saxophone joins in. The timbre of the guitar sound changes just a bit. The song’s arrangement has elements of rock fusion, pop, and jazz. Mody has discovered ways to arrange songs so that the instruments have a conversation of sorts, and that is what happens on “Reconciling Loss.”

There is a gentleness, a beauty that elevates the song beyond stereotypes of smooth jazz or New Age jazz, but that allows it to retain its mind-opening quality. Halfway through, a traditional jazz piano motif strikes up, complete with high notes that tinkle clear against the civilized thunder of the upright bass and drums. In addition, the guitar weaves itself into the mix of sound. For a song that refers to loss, the song sounds joyous in the middle, until almost the end, wherein poignant notes not just of the guitar, but of flugelhorn, too, play against an increasingly quieting soundscape. It is then that listeners can remember that this is a song about loss.

Mody’s “A Burgeoning Consciousness” is full of beauty and thoughtful arrangements. Listeners might not be looking for jazz with such big themes, but the way such ideas are presented here, they might not mind them.
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Noshir Mody fresh uplifting guitar-led jazz sextet gives you music that will thr
I’ve reviewed Noshir’s masterful guitar work before, most recently in issue # 143, and this new aural adventure will get even higher marks… songs like “Precipice Of Courage” will reveal a whole new horizon in the way music is heard and perceived in the future… (the links may not work right now, as this isn’t slated for release until 11 May, 2018, but they will be turned on just before that date)… so, in the meantime, here’s a visual representation of them playing “Consequence of the Uninitiated” in live mode…(https://youtu.be/hsAhi1hmjTo)

As you can hear (and see), Noshir’s involvement and dedication to producing music with true power is total, and his players are all cut from that same cloth; this is music that will stand the test of time – and survive. Noshir’s stellar guitar work is very strongly complimented by Mike Mullan: Alto/Tenor Saxophone, Benjamin Hankle: Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Campbell Charshee: Piano, John Lenis: Bass and Yutaka Uchida: Drums

The most striking part of Noshir’s music is the magical momentum created for you… after a long percussion intro, right at about the 2:35 mark, on the marvelous “Weaving Our Future From The Past“, they take you ever upwards and out into the stratosphere… every instrument counts, and the grooves will dig down deep inside you – & make you MOVE!

There was no doubt in my mind when I listened to the opener, “Secrets In The Wood And Stone“, that it would be my pick of the six (long) songs offered up for your aural and spiritual enhancement… this is (without qualification) the best jazz composition I have listened to (yet) in 2018.

I give Noshir and his totally talented cast of players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this superb musical adventure. Get more information on Noshir’s website.

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Review by Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist
From its first moments, Noshir Mody's new album sounds very different from most contemporary jazz. It's dense and atmospheric, in a very big way, almost as if it was recorded in one of Morten Lindberg's Norwegian churches for 2L. There's a big band sound here, even though guitarist Mody is only joined by sax player Mike Mullan, trumpeter Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Charshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida. The six songs presented here, all original compositions by Mody, are big as well--only one is shorter than eleven minutes. The band specializes in creating sonic landscapes that are lush in the way that they flow from beginning to end, and there is a consistency in tone that makes A Burgeoning Consciousness sound like a stream of consciousness.

Mody's guitar has a lot to do with this. Mody was born in India but has been playing jazz in New York City since 1995. He counts Indian classical music, Bollywood musicals, Al Di Meola and rock in general as inspirations, and it shows in the way his guitar work supports the beat instead of pure improvisation. The liner notes describe his style as impressionistic, and I thought "Bingo!" His tones, while strictly electric, have a lovely pastel tinge to them--pastel that's been roughed up around the edges. This is not your typical round-toned mellow jazz guitar, it's equal parts Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny and Earl Slick. It's a uniquely fun sound.

The best way to describe this elusive feel, other than big or atmospheric or impressionistic, is warm. It's a warm embracing sound, and yet one with plenty of fire and excitement. The tempos from the band as a whole are culled from progressive rock genres, and yet each instrument can be broken down into very jazz-like cadences. Your mind will flicker back and forth between the sum and its parts, and then you'll relax and hear the whole sound wash over you complete, especially as each of these epic tunes reach a thrilling climax.

The sound quality is superb--those early comparisons to 2L were not offered lightly. There's a specific sense of the performing stage here and the way each member of the sextet puts out a carefully chosen tone that functions as pure personality. While the energy here is driven by Mody's distinctive guitar, he also encourages each of his cohorts to express themselves as individuals during the solos. The album ends with a mellow elegy titled "Forever July," and it's the perfect coda for a bright, fascinating and energetic release such as this.
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