Four Pranas was written from a strong spiritual calling to compose it with multiple concepts interweaved. Its nature is to allow the listener(s) to detach from ones surrounding and focus on the self. Studies have shown that a person’s normal resting respiratory rate is 10-12 breaths per minute. With mindful attention, one can half that to 5-6 breaths per minute, and with much dedication and focus those numbers can be halved as well. With that in mind, all four Pranas are written in a specific time signature divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12 for all levels of focus or breathing practice. Each Prana also leads towards a season and each season’s duration is represented by the number of days in that season and written into minutes and seconds whereas 1 hour equates 365 days. The tension & dissonance followed by resolution are one of the primary elements of this album because it mimics life. Four Pranas has in mind many uses, including: Meditation, Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Guided Imagery, Spiritual Healing, Myofascial Release and Hospice care to name a few. The hope and desire is that these Pranas will allow one to focus on oneself for improved life emphasis and self-awareness.
“Falling Awake” is Jeff’s first solo album. But solo may be the wrong word. This CD is truly a collaborative effort with some of the top bassists playing today, including Yves Carbonne, Tony Franklin, Russ Hodges, Jonni Lightfoot, Michael Manring, Brady Muckelroy, and Jeff Schmidt.
If you’re looking for what is possible with the bass as a solo or melodic instrument, do not pass this disc by. Put it in your player, sit back with a glass of wine and relax to some soothing sounds.