Boomkat Product Review:
Intended to induce altered states of consciousness through ecstatic dance, this set of percussive ambient jazz is one for the psychedelic kru. Proper outerzone shit.
You may not have come across them before, but Gabrielle Roth & The Mirrors have sold hundreds of thousands of albums, and collaborated with Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Miles Davis, Santana and Stevie Wonder. Roth was a dancer and developed a movement meditation called 5Rhythms, a secular form of ecstatic dance inspired by Native American shamanic traditions, Yoruba drumming and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé. She roped in her husband Robert Ansell, a former lawyer, to play drums, and brought in a rotating cast of friends and professionals to fill in the gaps.
While the recordings weren't as popular as some in the new age era, Roth and her friends recorded sixteen albums over almost four decades, recording with Robert's son Scott Ansell, an engineer who's now worked with Nile Rodgers and Grace Jones. On "Selected Works 1985 - 2005", curator Pol Valls has chopped down Roth's sound world into a digestible 11 tracks, highlighting the group's wide-ranging, spiritually-guided taste. It's likely to be too hippy-dippy for some, but it's a worthwhile documentation of a particularly sketchy era.