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.
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts