Hellborg/Lane "Zen House"

Hellborg/Lane  "Zen House"

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Zen House
The Story
Less is more is the philosophy of Swedish 'fusioneer' Jonas Hellborg and his long time collaborator, guitarist Shawn Lane. Hellborg has worked with The Mahavishnu Orchestra (and mentor John McLaughlin) , Michael Brecker and Michael Shrieve. The disparate influences are evident and come full circle on this all acoustic, live recording, entitled "Zen House". As writer Philippe Aronson describes, "In a remote area of Southern Sweden, three musicians played an acoustic concert for a small audience.

During the performance, spontaneous melodies occurred, sometimes in unison. Nothing was planned because music cannot be planned. It happens or it doesn't. Jonas and Shawn, limiting themselves to one or two or three notes of a skeletal scale, dwell, linger; phrases swell in the search for a satisfying interval. Tension. A blistering finale, resolution. Music, a center, a unity of space and place. Shawn's and Jonas' lines are at times indistinguishable."

The Music
13:03 In The House Instrumental
17:07 Outdoors Instrumental
13:45 Departure Instrumental
10:14 Conclusion Instrumental
The Artists
Shawn Lane Ovation Acoustic Guitar
Jonas Hellborg Ovation Acoustic Double Neck Bass, Production
Brian Sipe Percussion
Scud Noonan Mixing
Magnus Bergstrom Photography, Design
Skip Aronson Cover Photography
Recorded live at Ragnarpers, Garsnas.

Mixed at Starec, Vaxjo, Sweden.