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PRIMORDIAL SWAMP BEAT
Live at the Freight & Salvage
November 6th, 2021
There are nights and there are NIGHTS! There are gigs and there are GIGS! And, lastly, there are kirtans and there are KIRTANS!!!!
November 6th at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California was one such evening. At that point we were one year and nine months into the pandemic that has defined this era. Things seemed to be opening up and we were all so psyched to be together again – both audience and musicians – to partake in the magic that is created when we sing the ancient mantras of kirtan. The high point of the night was, without question, this performance of ‘Primordial Swamp Beat’, from my double album, ‘Roots Rock Rama!’ An ode and invocation to Shiva Mahadeva, the Lord of Transformation, this chant pulled us out of the unceasing current of time and drew us into the timeless space of ‘He Who Created Time’! What a blast.
Especially exciting and heartwarming for me was the emergence of my son, Ezra Uttal, as a great band member and soloist. Check out the keyboards and tell me if you believe that player was 16 years old.
That’s about all I have to say right now. Please listen and enjoy the ride.
Ezra Uttal – Keyboards
Ben Leinbach – bass and percussion
Michaelle Goerlitz – percussion
Prajna Vieira – vocals
Sandy Cressman – vocals
Jeff Cressman – trombone
Jai Uttal – guitar and vocals
Live recording by Bob Whitfield
Mixed and mastered by Ben Leinbach
The studio version of Primordial Swamp Beat is on my double album, ‘Roots Rock Rama!’