Sunday, September 13, 2009
Medicine Buddha - Jonathan Goldman
Medicine Buddha is one of the definitive chant and healing CDs. Jonathan Goldman, a harmonics pioneer and chant master, has created an ultimate meditation atmosphere. This disc features "Medicine Buddha Suite" (33 minutes and 12 seconds), with three movements, and "Heart of Wisdom Sutra" (28 minutes and 34 seconds). These long-form compositions are perfect for deep holistic journeys to the inner self. Goldman's overtone work goes straight to listeners' souls. He uses traditional acoustic meditation instruments (bells, bowls, and flutes), chants, overtone vocals, tuning forks, and subtle synths and guitars. His Tibetan chants are deep in both style and power. The repetition, while not mechanical, places this disc firmly in the minimalist arena. That is one of Goldman's strong points, especially on this disc. Listeners can use this as a meditation experience, background ambience, or journeys to outer space. It is effective in many arenas. The disc will appeal to fans of Thea Surasu, Life in Balance, Klaus Wiese, Xumantra, and Deuter.