Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering

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Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering
Studio album by Jonas Hellborg
Released January 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)
Recorded Air Edel Studios in London, England; Bardo Studios in New York; The Dungeon in Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Jazz fusion, world fusion
Length 59:19
Label Bardo
Producer Jonas Hellborg
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Icon: A Transcontinental Gathering is an album by bass guitarist Jonas Hellborg, released on January 25, 2003 through Bardo Records. The album merges contemporary jazz-fusion and traditional Indian improvised music[2][3][4] and features guitarist Shawn Lane in his last officially released studio recording before his death in September of that year,[5] as well as the sons of ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram: Selvaganesh (kanjeera), Umashankar (ghatam) and Umamamesh (vocals), who also perform passages of konnakol, the vocal "scatting" often used as a memory device by Indian percussionists.[6] The album's name stands for a common cross-cultural ideal image, beyond vanity and self-identity, also present in this kind of musical communication.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jonas Hellborg and V. Selvaganesh. 

No. Title Length
1. "Anchor"   15:02
2. "Mirror"   23:20
3. "Vehicle"   16:11
4. "Escape"   4:46
Total length:
59:19

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tilland, William. "Icon - Jonas Hellborg". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-08-07.
  2. ^ V, PV (1 Feb 2003). "Jonas Hellborg Icon". Billboard (pg. 43). Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  3. ^ Prosser, Lee (12 Jan 2004). "ICON BY JONAS HELLBORG". Jazz Review. Retrieved 2012-10-27. Highly eclectic and imaginative, composer Jonas Hellborg paves the way for new jazz coming out of India. 
  4. ^ Santella, Jim (2 Apr 2003). "Hellborg/Lane/Selvaganesh/Umashankar/Umamahesh: Icon (2003)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  5. ^ Heath, Dick. "ICON - A TRANSCONTINENTAL GATHERING (WITH SHAWN LANE ,UMAMAHESH, SELVAGANESH,UMASHANKAR) Jonas Hellborg". Progarchives. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  6. ^ Bennun, Neil (5 Aug 2003). "Jonas Hellborg Icon review". BBC Music Reviews. BBC. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Icon, Jonas Hellborg - Album Review". Bardo Records. Retrieved 2012-10-27.