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Jonas Hellborg’s new album ICON is his best effort to date in bridging the musical worlds of South Indian Carnatic music and the progressive rock jazz elements of the western world. Not since the legendary fusion group of the seventies, Shakti, has any musican created such an impact. Featured on the cd is guitar virtuoso from Memphis, Shawn Lane, and the three Vinayakram Brothers, sons of legendary percussionist Vikku Vinayakaram. The music is funky, groovy, thumping and melodic. Adding to the mix is incredible vocalist V. Umamahesh who sings and scats the melodies. Some of you might remember shawn scatting in the early albums with Hellborg. The vocal element of the music has taken a much more articulate shape, where at times, is the focus of attention. Shawn is using some very interesting tones, which is so fluid it almost sounding like a Sarangi. He rips through the entire record sounding more like a guitar player from the Eastern Hemisphere.

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