Saturday, March 27, 2010


A couple of weeks ago, I received "Migration", a new project by Hamilton Sterling and Jimmy Haslip.

I knew Jimmy Haslip from his fusion group, the Yellowjackets, and from his collaboration with Allan Holdsworth, Alan Pasqua and Chad Wackerman.
Hamilton Sterling's name didn't ring a bell, but he's probably best know for having contributed (sound editing) to two Acadamy Awards winning films: "The Dark Knight" and "Master and Commander".

So this is quite an unusual team-up, and a pretty good one.

"Migration" is the duo's first release. The music on this album is one big soundscape. The liner notes describe it as "A world-ranging, dark-ambient journey from the rural to the urban and beyond. It was conceived as a journey in sound."

"Migration" will take you on a trip, and every effort is made to make it as enjoyable as possible.
This is no jazz or prog-rock. This is contemporary music that will make you close your eyes and travel in space.
Bass, percussion, synths and computer programming.
I love it.

Did I mention that this disc is food for audiophiles: side 1 has a DVD-video 5.1 Dolby Digital version, and a 2 channel PCM 24bit 48kHz version. Side 2 contains a DVD-audio 5.1 24 bit 48kHz version.
And just to show you how serious these guys are: the cover and inside pictures of "Migration" are courtesy of NASA !!

More info & sound samples at

This DVD is available from HelikonSound, CDBaby and Amazon. MP3's at CDBaby, iTunes and other digital download outlets.

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