Usually one has to wait until autumn in the Northern Hemisphere for an Indian summer but with this new release from Melodic Intersect you won’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. “Looking Back” (Aimrec Records-a Baltimore based label within the Canton community area) contains a series of eight songs that have little to do with the weather (although their songs like “Desert Trek” or “Mirage” may have been inspired perhaps by our current global climate change worries), but leads me to predict that it will give rise to above normal temperatures on new music thermometers around the world.
Melodic Intersect is an ad-hoc ensemble of Eastern and Western musicians brought together in the recording studio and stage by tablaist Enayet Hossain and their combined collaboration results in a sound that is as sunny as it is clear. The melodic grouping features Hidayat Kahn on sitar, Zohaib Hassan on sarangi, Qamer Abbas on cajon, Indradeep Ghosh on violin, Greg Hatza on keyboards, Fred Koch on the baritone sax, and the aforementioned Enayet Hossain nailing down the rhythm section with percussion.
Already a chart climber on world music radio stations, “Looking Back” is kicking audio ass and taking names. Melodic Intersect fuses the elements of Western jazz with Indian classical styles and Southeast Asian folk music to create a musical melting pot. The product of which this cultural merging may at first be anticipated as quixotic the final consequence is as consonant as it is adventurous.
It’s the elixir for the ears that are weary of the standard verse, chorus, and bridge song structures and yearn for the unpredictably unknown in art. “Looking Back” is not for the listener looking to hum along to a ditty or remembering a catchy hook line. It’s for those who embrace the let’s-start-here-and-see-where-it-goes philosophy of improvisational see-where-it-takes-us technique. And where Melodic Intersect takes us is all around the world and back again without the need of airports and the irritation of slow moving NSA queues. That, my fellow travelers, is a flight that every tonal tourist should enjoy.