"Musical Massage: Inside" is a set of deep relaxation and meditation performances by Silvia Nakkach. She arranged acoustic instruments, chants, and some electronics with overtone vocals and singing bowls to create atmospheres that embrace the soul and heal the heart. There are dozens - perhaps hundreds - of discs of this ilk. Each one has its own sonic integrity and its own niche in the world of healing music. This disc hits on several levels but it seems to be aimed - quite literally - at listeners' hearts. Deep listeners will feel the overtones surrounding their hearts and promoting stress relief.
The Vienna Art Orchestra is a 15-member jazz orchestra that features the avant-garde arrangements and compositions of its leader, pianist Mathias Ruegg. This is a reissue of their 1980 debut, an important document in the post-modern jazz movement. The opening, title track is a joyous, folkish tango that's been cartoonishly toyed with, featuring three solo sections. The marimba section is also ornamented with vocalese from Lauren Newton, followed by an extremely playful horn lead that sounds like a toy instrument. The solo offering from violinist Rudi Berger has an electronically effected fusion sound. A tight, alto sax solo by Wolfgang Puschnig ties everything together neatly with a lengthy, unaccompanied performance.
Although Grover Washington Jr. (on alto, tenor, soprano and baritone) puts on his usual strong effort, the forgettable material (which included no hits) and the emphasis on vocals (particularly those of Jon Lucien who is on five of the seven selections) makes this one of Washington's weaker efforts and the least essential of his four Elektra recordings. The background vocalists do not help much either. This was Grover Washington, Jr.'s only full-length album as a leader during the 1982-86 period but was not worth the effort.