In no particular order, those are the records of 2022 which enjoyed us most in last 12 months.
I AM – BEYOND
I AM is the combination of Isaiah Collier on Woodwinds and Michael Shekwoaga Ode on Drums. This album was recorded on June 23rd, 2021 at Chicago Recording Company. This recording was inspired partly by a solo exchange between the duo during the 5th movement on the acclaimed Cosmic Transitions, entitled “Mercury’s Retrograde”. The one goal for the album was to go “Beyond”. The Album features an introduction by Sound Healer Therapist and Poet Jimmy Chan. This guest was a surprise delivered to the Musicians upon their arrival by producer Sonny Daze. “We did soundcheck as the rain began to pour down. Jimmy set up his gong and singing bowls and once we were ready to record, I opened the door to his space and said we are probably going to name this record “Beyond” and then closed the door” Sonny explained. Beyond finds both Isaiah and Michael searching deep within their individual Spiritual consciousness to communicate the understanding that there is something “Beyond” the limitations of the physical world and the understandings of everyday life. The one focus of this album is to take the listener on a journey that is rare, uncompromising to any understanding other than the desire to tap into the higher forces in the universe and deliver that message to the World.