Ghosh's music instantly commands attention and however much you hear of this album, you want to hear more. That is something special. **** four stars --Jazzwise
Primal Odyssey is the highly anticipated 2nd album from one of the UK's most unique and hard-working talents, Arun Ghosh. Produced by Arun Ghosh & Tony Platt, and recorded at Vale Studios in Worcestershire, inspirations and influences for Primal Odyssey range from Greek mythology, Bengali baul music, Don Cherry, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, the late Pete Postlethwaite and The Bible. Primal Odyssey is a narrative-driven album representing the culmination of the many musical journeys that Ghosh has undertaken throughout his career as a performer, composer, music educator and recording artist. Harnessing the power of the live sound, Primal Odyssey marks a back-to-basics approach to recording. Five musicians in a room, playing together, interacting a classic jazz set up beautifully capturing the sound of the room, the blend of the horns; giving the quieter, contemplative moments a heightened intimacy and vulnerability whilst magnifying the explosive drive of the rhythm section. Primal Odyssey is the sound of Arun Ghosh s Horn E Bass Quintet, featuring Idris Rahman, Shabaka Hutchings, Liran Donin and Pat Illingworth, who made their debut appearance in 2010 at London Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Described by The Daily Telegraph as ...an evening of music-making, at once no-nonsense, thrilling and beautiful , this was the catalyst for a radical re-working of Ghosh s unique Indo-Jazz style, as was premiered on his debut album Northern Namaste.