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Heart & Spirit

by Tim Jordan Kirtan

“Heart & Spirit” is a contemporary Kirtan experience that blends classic rock and world music, with an added bit of trance and a touch of gospel.
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1. Om Hari Om 1 (feat. Michael Manring)
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2. Ganapati (Sai Isha Sharanam) [feat. Stephen Kent]
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3. Shri Krishna / Om Namah Shivaya (feat. Steve Gorn)
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4. Maheshwari Ma
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5. Shiva, Pts. 1 & 2 (feat. Steve Gorn)
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6. Shiva, Pts. 3 & 4 (feat. Jamie Papish)
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7. Govinda (feat. Steve Gorn)
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8. Shri Ram (feat. Calico the Band)
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9. Asatoma
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10. Om Hari Om 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Heart & Spirit" is a collection of traditional and original chants infused with a fresh, inviting resonance; all while remaining true to the sacred and devotional practice that is Kirtan at its core.

The album was recorded with the intention of creating an offering that is as close as possible to a live Kirtan event. “I wanted the mantras and melodies to be clear enough for listeners to know what to sing and when to sing, and to feel like they’ve experienced a Kirtan energetically, spiritually, and musically,” says Kirtan leader Tim Jordan.

Ancient Sanskrit mantras are reinterpreted with a modern, accessible sound on “Heart & Spirit.” A calming invocation of “Om Hari Om” leads into the extended, invigorating “Ganapati” chant. “Shri Krishna/Om Namah Shivaya” has a laid-back groove, and the lyrical “Maheshwari Ma” precedes the album’s dynamic, 20-minute “Shiva” centerpiece. “Govinda” conveys devotion with its rich harmonies, and is followed by the understated “Shri Ram.” The musical journey concludes with the haunting, mysterious “Asatoma” and a quiet “Om Hari Om” prayer.

“Heart & Spirit” covers chants by Michael H. Cohen, Sean Johnson, and Sevika Radecki, as well as original works from Jordan and producer David Vito Gregoli. Guest artists for this debut recording include flautist Steve Gorn, didjeridu player Stephen Kent, bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Jamie Papish, and country trio CALICO the band.

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“Wow! The tracks are amazing. Such devotion!” – Michael H. Cohen, Dattatreya Kirtan Institute

“The production, musicians, voices, mix … everything is fantastic. Easily one of my favorites in Kirtan!”
– Ricky Kej, Raveolution Studios

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Kathy Parsons

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Tim Jordan Kirtan’s debut album, "Heart & Spirit," was created as an offering that is as close as possible to a live Kirtan event. (For the uninitiated, as I was before hearing this album: “The practice of kirtan, call and response chanting, is a participatory music experience that originated in India about 500 years ago.  It is a devotional practice known as Bhakti Yoga. Like other forms of yoga, Bhakti Yoga, is about connection. Connection to divinity, connection to our true selves, connection to others. Kirtan uses the repetition of Sanskrit mantras, mystical vibrations encased in a sound structure, to help us to tap into sacred energies that serve to quiet our mind and open our heart.” Quoted from Tim Jordan Kirtan’s website.)

What I find the most interesting about this album is the range of musical styles used to make the chants and songs more accessible. Classic rock, world music, trance and even a little gospel give the music a very contemporary feeling even though some of the chants go back centuries. The album is a collection of traditional and original chants, some of which are slow and quietly soulful and some that are much more upbeat and joyful. It’s a fascinating concept and I’m impressed with how well it works. Produced by David Vito Gregoli the band includes vocals, harmonium, flute, acoustic and electric guitars, strings, bass, percussion, banjo, mandolin, organ, tabla, drums, piano, and much more - a very full production!

"Heart & Spirit" begins (and ends) with “Om Hari Om.” The first version is a little more than seven minutes and closing is about 3 1/2, so they are not the same. The first is more of an invocation and the last is a closing prayer. Solemn, but warm and spiritual, it sets the tone of the album. “Ganapati” is a 13-minute chant that starts out slowly and simply and gradually builds with joyful enthusiasm. Infectious rhythms, an unusual assortment of musical instruments, and a driving beat make this one a favorite! “Maheshwari Ma” is a beautiful ballad-style song that is slow and graceful. “Shiva” is the 20-minute centerpiece of the album. Divided into four parts, it blends contemporary arrangements of traditional chants with newer pieces by Michael H. Cohen, David Vito Gregoli, and Ian Gothe. Part 3, “Nataraja,” is a gorgeous trio for flute, classical guitar, and bass that begins slowly and builds to a jazz-tinged and energetic peak before the chanting resumes. “Govinda” returns to a beautiful ballad style, this time with AJ Nowak doing the lead vocals. “Asatoma” is a traditional chant arranged by David Vito Gregoli with a contemporary flair. Ian Gothe’s flute adds a haunting quality to the piece and gives it a jazzy edge.

"Heart & Spirit" is a unique and very enjoyable musical experience on so many levels. Recommended if you are looking for something different and spiritually uplifting!
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Sue

Awesome ---
The album had me up dancing while sitting at my computer! What a beautiful CD and a great way to sing along with the mantras. Love it!! thank you
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Elyse

Smiling....
Been waiting for an album for a long time. Tim's smile permeates this entire album. If you've ever seen Tim and his band perform live, you'd get what I mean. Very easy to lose yourself in his music and spirit. Love it. Thanks Tim...now I can listen to you anywhere!!
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Janice

One of the best Kirtan albums of all time
I have been listening to Tim Jordan's CD over and over and I love it! Tim has one of the finest kirtan voices I have ever heard. Not kidding! I LOVE track 6 and my other faves are track 1, 3, 4 and 7 but they are all awesome. The musicians are top notch and innovative. Very professional and so enjoyable.
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Kelly

Uplifting
I loved this album. It was sultry and transporting, and drew me in from the first notes. I've used a few of the tracks in my yoga class , with great response.
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