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Praful - One Day Deep - 2001 - Therapy Recordings

"One Day Deep," is a breath of fresh air, presenting a new sound that defies categorization. CHR, Dance, Urban, Smooth Jazz and Adult Alternative radio programmers and club mixers are all poised to play Praful, the new musical phenomenon from Europe. Composed, performed and produced by Praful together with Hollands hippest producers Adani&Wolf, "One Day Deep" is sensual and hypnotic music that employs sax and flutes, down tempo jazz and chilled grooves, western dance vibes, Brazilian rhythms and even hints at Indian flavors. The album features an international all-star cast of musicians including Afra Mussawisade, Ted de Jong, Adrian Elissen, Jose Lopretti and Brazilian mystery singer Algodao Doce. www.giantstep.net

You may see this album filed under "Smooth Jazz" in your record store, and this label is misleading. Praful's music is an amazing mixture of New Age, World, Acid Jazz and downtempo dance funk. There are many albums that could be given the same description, but "One Day Deep" shows a lot of originality. In essence the music is jazz meeting electronica. A great mix of musical genres with great musicianship, especially the terrific sax work from Praful, himself. Listen to Praful's "Pyramid in Your Backyard" album


1 One Day Deep 5:50
2 Sonhar 6:14
3 Inspiracao 5:47
4 Let The Chips Fall 6:49
5 Teardrop Butterfly 6:34
6 Morphic Resonance 5:45
7 Underworld 7:53
8 Sigh 6:06
9 Sinus Funktion 5:49
10 Corpo Suado 8:48
11 196 Dawn 3:16

All tracks composed by Rob Gaasterland, Praful, and Daniel Testas except "Let The Chips Fall" by Clement, Gaasterland, Praful, and Testas


Vocals, Choir, Tambura [Tanpura], Electric Piano [Rhodes] Flute [Indian Bamboo], Saxophone [Sax Sweeps], Saxophone [Soprano & Tenor], Flute, Percussion [Log Drum], Electric Piano [Wurlitzer] - Praful
Acoustic Guitar - Adrian Elissen
Guitar, Organ [Hammond], Percussion [Log Drum], Electric Piano [Rhodes], Synthesizer [Moog], Bass, Synthesizer [Moog Bass] - Rob Gaasterland
Bass - José Lopretti
Trombone - David Rothschild
Congas, Timbales, Percussion [Waterdrums, Small Percussion] - Afra Mussawisade
Tabla - Ted de Jong
Effects [Dub Gear] - Daniël Testas
Choir, Voice - Algodão Doce
Choir - Amura


Praful is a recent acid jazz mixture band that uses a multitude of instruments, from tenor and soprano saxophones to Indian bamboo flutes, pandeiros, Fender Rhodes and many other exotic instruments. Two of the CDs One Day Deep and Pyramid in Your Backyard have won many awards and worldwide recognition. "Sigh", included in the One Day Deep CD and as a single, had stayed in the Billboards for over 70 weeks. The songs show a wide variety of rhythm and roots. In One Day Deep, "Sonhar" is rooted from India with a rhythm of a semi-fast dance. In the same CD, "Let the Chips Fall" reveals a chill-jazz rhythm that is relaxing. Praful is also an Indian name, of a male. Praful was born on January 1, 1964 in Düsseldorf, Germany.


Being personal and global, natural and urban at the same time, Praful's music explores the most diverse styles and moods: from Jazz to Dance, from India to Brazil, from deep Silence to exploding Fireworks. Praful is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and charismatic performer from Amsterdam who, with his velvet sax sound and funky flute, is capable of both raising the roof and touching people's hearts and souls. His music is "fresh, yet traditional, inventive with sophisticated charm and appeal. It also rocks!" (a fan). Following the success of 'One Day Deep', his second album 'Pyramid in Your Backyard', was made with the same team: producers Adani & Wolf and Studio De Boot (floating somewhere in Amsterdam), and also released by Therapy Records. He did not attempt to make a 'Two Days Deep'. This new album sounds richer and warmer. The red thread is still Praful's velvet, funky and instinctive sax and flute playing as well as the compositions and unique sound of the producers trio. Danceable tunes are again combined with chill tracks, more radio friendly tunes intercepted by stretched‚out experimental parts with electronic edge. The trio kept exploring deeper and spent 5 months in the studio. PiyB turned out more up-tempo than its predecessor. Percussionist and band member Afra Mussawisade was given an important role from the beginning. Where 'One Day Deep' drifted more on drum grooves and loops, this time percussion instruments from India, Brazil, Cuba, Turkey and Africa (Morocco, Senegal) form the rhythmic foundation. It is a true melting pot: 4 singers Sandhya Sanjana, Katia Moraes, Sudha and Praful), singing in English, Portuguese and Hindi, take you on a beautiful ride around planet earth. Praful '....manages to come up with an even more consistent and versatile album, strengthened by excellent writing and a band of flawless musicians. His distinctive and luxurious 2-genre (jazz meets electronica) sound is elevated to new heights and Praful delivers a collection of songs that will astound both fans and critics.' (Monte LaRue). Praful was born on January 1st, 1964 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Starting on electronic organ at the age of 7, he switched to saxophone at age 18. He made his first serious ensemble experiences playing in the 'AKO High School BigBand' and the 'Main Squeeze BigBand' in his home town Bonn - together with the now renown trumpet player Till Br–nner. Besides being devoted to music he also passionately practiced the martial art Judo all through his childhood, attaining the 5th Kyu and fighting on national championships. Before choosing the path of the musician (or music choosing him?), he traveled around the world for close to a year, searching to broaden his horizon. In '87 he moved to Holland to study Jazz sax and flute at the Amsterdam School of Arts (Conservatory) with Ferdinand Povel, Friderike Darius and Rob Madna. Experiments with Jazz Fusion during those years led to his first band Good Move, with performances mainly in Holland and Germany. He made his degree in '92, and, confronted with burnout and personal problems, he went in search for inner peace and his own lost voice. He spent 6 months in India in the Ashram of the enlightened teacher Osho, followed by 6 months in Brazil. Back in Amsterdam in '93, full of confidence and new inspiration, he started working with in Holland operating Latin, Brazilian, African and Indian musicians and groups and artists such as Treme Terra, Nippy Noya, Saoco and Gerardo Rosales as well as with his own project 'Praful & Alchemy'. From '97 on he was drawn to newer developments in music: trip hop, dance and drum&bass. He played with the experimental dance formation 'Project 2000', which in '99 won the prestigious Dutch Heineken Cross Over Music Award. The band released an album and two singles with Universal/Polydor and opened the doors for Praful to a different audience ‚ Dance and Pop festivals. 'If the earth were a passion fruit and you could squeeze juice from it, this juice would be called Bayuba Cante' (Dunya Festival). From '97 until '02 he was working as reed player and composer with 'Bayuba Cante', an international group mixing Afro Cuban Santeria-roots with flamenco, rumba, Indian music, funk and jazz. Two albums for the German label Network and tours through Holland, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Cuba were the result of this collaboration. During those years he also started studying the Bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) with Indian Master Hariprasad Chaurasia, and he slowly integrated the instrument into his own music and returned regularly to both Brazil and India. In 'Project 2000' Praful met the stunning Senegalese singer Mola Sylla, with whom he now plays in a new world project called 'Societ-tous les couleurs' - together with guitarist Frankie Douglas and percussionist Serigne Gueye. In '04 the group has released a Live album. Over the years Praful has collaborated and performed with a number of renown Djs, such as Roog, Michel de Hey, Maestro, Lucien Foort, Olav Basoski and Bart Thimbles. Another loose project Praful is involved with currently is Jazzjuice, led by ElectroCoco producers Alain Eskinasi and DJ Graham B. At first the duo just pepped up and remodeled old Blue Note and other jazz tracks and invited guest musicians such as Praful to improvise over them, but by now the group is producing their own tracks ‚ with first singles and underground successes in London. Praful also enjoys performing as a duo with producer Maneesh de Moor - the two of them play mainly at spiritual gatherings and festivals around the world. A long partnership connects Praful with Deva Premal, a singer who recorded Praful's compositions of ancient Buddhist Mantras on her albums 'Love is Space', 'Embrace' and 'Dakshina', the latter one also being produced by Praful. Her albums have been leading the American and European New Age Charts for years. In '99 Praful had his first independent solo release, 'Touched by Love'. A simple album with soft liquid music, intended to be used for bodywork/massage sessions and to create a relaxing vibe. 3 tracks of this album were used for the independent Hollywood movie 'Cages'. The international success of his second album 'One Day Deep' made Praful a household name for Chill-, Jazz-, Dance- and Crossover-Fans. The album was conceived, composed, produced and recorded by Praful together with the producers duo Adani&Wolf, assisted by guest musicians Afra Mussawisade (percussion, Iran/Germany), Ted de Jong (tabla, Holland), Adrian Elissen (Spanish guitar, Malta), Jose Lopretti (bass, Uruguay) and Brazilian singer Lilian Vieira. Its music has been described as '...sexy like a mysteriously beautiful person walking down the street, true, untainted beauty that could never be replicated ... the freeform sound of life' (Neil Bufkin, KTXT, TX). Radio Station TheWave/LA made Praful 'Discovery Artist' of the year 2003. Released in '01 in the Benelux by the Amsterdam-based label Therapy Records, at first the word spread through release of all 11 songs on dozens of compilations worldwide. 'San Francisco has just been hit by another Earthquake ‚ and he goes by the name of Praful'. (Steve Williams from KKSF/San Francisco). In '03 the album was released in North America by Rendezvous Music/N-Coded. The first US Jazz radio single åSIGH¼ reached #1, stayed in the charts for 5 months and launched Praful and his band onto the American live scene. One Day Deep became a åbest selling Billboard album and reached Top 10 of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, #11 of Billboard Electronic Chart (Dance) and Top 10 of the CMJ College Chart. Such a widespread success between these different worlds was seen as a rare phenomenon. In '04 the album was released in Germany, Switzerland and Austria by Blue Flame. http://www.praful.nl/


A.O.O.F.C said...


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Anonymous said...

Guinea Pig

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks, Guinea Pig. I like this kind of music. Have you heard any music by Matt Bianco?

Anonymous said...

Name is familiar, but the kind of music?
It will be not good to ask Wikipedia