By Jim Brenholts
April 29, 2002
Review taken from amirbaghiri.com:
Until very recently, it has been impossible to get Amir
Baghiri's early albums on CD. Indeed, it has been difficult to get them on cassette
or vinyl LP. Amir recorded and released them in his native Iran. And he did not own
the rights to the music. The company that owned the rights to the music has gone
out of business and the rights now belong to Amir. He is re-issuing all of his Iranian
releases in a five CDR set, due in April, 2002.
His first album, Colours of the Caspian Sea, is a
surprise and a gem! listeners will not recognize this as coming from the Middle East.
It is lush and full of experimental overtones. Deep listeners will enjoy a tour of
the Caspian Sea and its surrounding topography. Much of his early musical influences
come from his older brothers, one of whom "tried (in vain) to follow in the
footsteps of Jimi Hendrix."
Amir's father was also an accomplished musician, but Amir's
primary influence was from Western cultures. His early releases were very similar
to Steve Roach's desert ambience. Amir has admitted freely that he was deeply touched
by Steve's music. Of late, Amir has been stretching his limits and coming into his
own, musically. Deep listeners will hear the development of a new hybrid. It is a
hybrid of his older music (as heard here) and his early releases.
Selected work by Baghiri
* Killing time
* Growingh up
* Deep fall
* Autumn sky
Purchase Baghiri's CD HERE