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Joseph Shabason - The Fellowship LP

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Across eight tracks that mesh spacious, jazz-laced composition with fourth-world and adult-contemporary tonality, Toronto saxophonist Joseph Shabason sketches an auditory map of the transcendence, unity, conditioning, and eventual renunciation of his upbringing in an Islamic and Jewish dual-faith household.

The resulting album "The Fellowship" bears the name of the insular Islamic community Shabason’s traditionally Jewish parents belonged to from a time before he was even born; a mental and spiritual push-pull which continued shaping, even controlling, his outlook well into his adulthood.

As a listening experience "The Fellowship" follows a chronological arc that spans three generations covering his parents’ early lives, his own spiritual and physical adolescence, and his subsequent struggle to eschew the problematic habituations of such a conflicted past.

As on prior albums that bear his name, Joseph Shabason does what only the best instrumental music makers can: tell a story with emotional clarity that conveys even the subtlest of feelings, all without singing a single word. As wordless as ever - with as complex a theme as ever - this album may be his most emotionally articulate yet.

For fans of Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Laraaji, Robert Rich and Harold Budd.exp


1. Life With My Grandparents
2. Escape from North York
3. The Fellowship
4. 0-13
5. 13-15
6. 15-19
7. Comparative World Religions
8. So Long

About this product: this is the limited edition pressing on translucent sky blue vinyl. Includes a download code.