Joined by Omid Nik Bin on bass, Farid Raoufi on acoustic guitar, Alireza Rahimani Fard on congas, Reza Darband on santoor and barbat, Pasha Hanjani on ney and Houmaioun Poshtdar on kamancheh, Mr. Rahimi revels in his work on tombak, daf, drums, djembe, cajon, udu, timbales, tambourine, conga, dhol, wood block, cowbell and ocean drum. Conjuring up a sound that is gob smacking good, Mr. Rahimi draws in the listener into a musical landscape that is dazzlingly hypnotic.
Opening with the appropriately titled "Tornado," The Pulse of Persia transports the listener on a wild ride that includes the ferociously rich "Dance" in an exploration of Persian rhythms with an almost indefinable flash of funk to it, the dishy and delightful "Eastern" with its sultry lines of ney, santoor and barbat and "Butterfly" with its fabulous flashes of Flamenco guitar and cajon.
Other gems include the steamy Latin inspired "A Happy Night," the Flamenco inspired "Passion" and another Latin flavored track entitled "Acceleration" brimming over with congas, tombak, daf, djembe and cajon. "This Is The Daf" is simply a riveting 11 minutes and 59 seconds of stunning percussive intricacy. Packed with layered daf rhythms, this track digs to the very depths of Mr. Rahimi’s considerable talents as a musician and composer.
The Pulse of Persia rockets Iranian percussion into the stratosphere and Mr. Rahimi makes sure you enjoy the ride. As always with ARC Music recordings, The Pulse of Persia’s sound is sharply clean and the liner notes are informative and impeccable.
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