A little background about the Numero Group:
In the growing noise of the so-called reissue field, The Numero Group remains distinct in its quality: deeply researched, expertly resuscitated and lavishly packaged box sets, playlists and ephemera of historic music from the 1950s-1990s. Founded in Chicago in 2003 by Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley, for more than 15 years Numero has committed to unearthing precious lost sounds for new audiences, with an unparalleled ear for potential and spirited eye for detail.
I am very thankful to be working with this group dedicated to preserving and presenting various forms of rare and eclectic music that did not fall into mainstream/pop commercial categories.
Released in 1986, this music was inspired from my travels to Teotihuacan to visit the pyramids of the sun and moon while walking the avenue of the dead. A very introspective and intimate musical journey. This was my first attempt to improvise an entire album and I was very surprised how it turned out.
5 years later in 1991 I released my second collection of Atlantis themed music. This was based upon the ancient healing power of music, meditation and self actualization. It also contains some very nuanced tonality as my musical palette expanded over the years.
I originally created this as the soundtrack for Valley of the Sun's Video hypnosis series. It was then released on CD in 1989 as an extended 60 minute version for meditation, yoga, healing and prayer. I was trying to create a spiritual, uplifting sound that would captivate the listener and draw them up into the realm of higher consciousness. This has been very popular with therapists, hospitals, churches, massage and yoga centers.
Collaborating with my dear friend Steve Powell, this collection is an upbeat, driving set of tunes that draw upon jazz, rock, world, and fusion. Also featured on this recording is Bray Ghiglia on flute and Dominic Buscemi on guitar. Released in 1990, it did not do well with the fans of my previous "New Age" style releases. However, it did do well on TV with spots on the Leeza Gibbons show and Playboy TV network. This was the transition period where I was moving into film scoring and serious composing and away from new age and pop music.
I wrote most of this music in 1993 for the ITV video documentary about Takemusu Aiki, who founded the martial arts technique of Aikido. I loved delving into the sounds of oriental and eastern music for this, blending with more modern arrangements. I then compiled this into an album format and released this as my last album for Valley of the Sun in 1995. Featured on this recording is Bray Ghiglia on sax and flute.
"Every dog has it's day"