Although not initially released until 1992, 25 years after composer Billy Strayhorn's death, this is his definitive CD. Strayhorn is heard singing "Lush Life" while backed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1964 (his voice is not strong but his phrasing is quite sincere), jamming on piano with flügelhornist Clark Terry and Bob Wilbur (on clarinet and soprano) in a quintet, backing singer Ozzie Bailey, and taking a pair of piano solos ("Love Came" and "Baby Clementine"). These are very valuable and intriguing recordings, shedding some new light on a nearly invisible genius.
"Mythology" is a very classy offering, a symphonic new age journey style crossover album that falls into a category somewhere between Enigma, Deep Forest, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield. There are lush orchestrations and memorable themes, and melodies laced with great guitar and keyboard work all held together by wonderfully atmospheric vocals and vocal textures by the renowned soprano Catherine Foster. The album is split into three suites; “The Nordic Suite”, “Suite of the Ancients” and “The Americas Suite”, and contain titles like “The Return of the Longships”, “Aurora” and “Eagle Dancers”. These all imply a magical journey - and that’s just what you get here, lush evocative melodious music - a soundtrack for the mind and soul.
With influences from Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream to Floyd, Eno and Orbit, Pan Electric and Ishq Join forces to explore the concept of time in the 4th album release on Absolute Ambient records. Ishq raids his sonic lab for the best in contemporary electronic sound design and Pan Electric provide the lush instrumental arrangements creating an ambient hybrid with variety, depth and soul. Ishq & Pan Electric explore the great intangible element of the universe through minimal electronica and lush ambient tracks.