What listeners are saying about "Dark Clouds":
I had the opportunity to listen to the new album, "Dark Clouds" with Stu Goldberg and Cassius Khan. It is an experience I will never forget! The magical journey these two artists have embarked on is mindblowing, and awesome. I have been a big fan of Stu for years, and I have followed Cassius Khan's career when he was touring in the States.
The musicianship with these guys is so incredibly melded together, with their abilities to twist and twine incredible patterns in complicated cycles of rhythm. Stu Goldberg is in my opinion, the undisputed champion of piano playing, is arguably the greatest Jazz pianist on earth, and Cassius Khan is a serene wizard with his tossed curly locks, blurring hands and lightining bolt vocal range, a phenomenon the world has never seen before his birth, and will never see after either.
Jennifer Lauren Goldberg, who also sang on the album, created a calmness in her song "Rain" with her angelic voice and perfectly balanced the mad torrents of tabla and piano that Goldberg and Khan created. I recommend highly the Ragamala piece and the tabla solo in Dark Clouds in which Khan unleashes the fury of his tablas, followed by an incredible vocal composition with lightning bolt vocal cadences by Khan with Goldberg's unmatched piano playing - a masterpiece album which should sell at least 50 million copies!
-- Reviewer unknown, ejazznews.com
I recently had a chance to listen to the album "Dark Clouds" at a popular nightspot in Vancouver, and after some arm twisting (of the CD owner) I took the CD home to write a review.
I was completely blown away by the musicianship Goldberg and Khan unleashed in their debut album together. I have seen Khan perform solo tabla live and sing as well, as I am a die hard fan of his, but this collaboration with Stu Goldberg has really hit the spot for me!
Goldberg plays the piano seamlessly, without any effort and comes up with the most intricate melodies. He is an absolute master on the piano. Khan, of course, uses his uncanny intuition and charismatic personality alongside his prowess on the tabla and Indian classical vocal music. The combination of these two artists is what I would call, "A Masterpiece." What I love about this album is how beautifully both Goldberg and Khan compliment each other's playing, it is as if the two of them are joined into the same mind, like Siamese twins, reading each other's next moves and thoughts.
Jennifer Lauren also adds a wonderful and refreshing addition to the album with her song, "Rain" and I was very impressed with her soothing voice and musicality. However, in the last piece, "Dark Clouds," Lauren is at par in the task of keeping up with the mastery of Cassius Khan's vocal abilities, adding light textures to Khan's rich and majestic vocal style. Goldberg is equally on par, with an amazing sensitivity to Indian vocal music. I was completely spellbound by the "Dark Clouds" composition!
The Ragamala piece with the two masters is truly a masterpiece, the percussion duet lighthearted and fun, and the album ends with a blistering tabla solo and traditional vocal piece by Khan, with Goldberg's thunderous piano accompaniment, and Lauren's soft and wonderfully sweet voice. The album ends with an actual soundscape of thunder, and rain. WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!!!
This album gets five out of five stars for me!!
-- A. Dhaliwal, e-jazznews.com
I was in Kelowna's Rotary Centre of the Arts on November 4th, 2006 to witness Stu Goldberg and Cassius Khan LIVE IN CONCERT. It was a special promo concert to inaugurate the release of their debut album, "Dark Clouds."
When these two beautiful men came onto the stage with their opulent Indian clothes, it took my breath away. Cassius Khan's hair does it for me! To watch these two live was like witnessing the universe reborn. I was numb from my head to my toes, my eyes couldn't peel themselves away from the graceful waves of fingers on Stu Goldberg's hands, his body literally suspended in midair when he came rushing up the octaves, or the torrents of crushing fury the fingers of Cassius Khan's hands blurred on the tablas, his gorgeous hair tossing around to every movement in his body, and WHAT A GREAT SINGER HE IS TOO. How the human body can create such sparks of energy is well beyond me!
Jennifer Lauren, beautiful to look at, was stunning as she sang alongside Stu's piano and Cassius's tablas. She was a welcome addition to the concert, which allowed us to breathe, because when Cassius and Stu played, the entire audience seemed to hold their breath in anticipation, in awe, in disbelief of their divine skills on their musicianship, and how strikingly handsome both of them were.
I purchased the album, and listened to it immediately when I got home, and all I can say is that I experienced all those drenching feelings of Rain and Dark Clouds, and I was, and still am, being transported into a completely different universe every time I turn the CD on.
I am so blessed and so thankful, that I got to see Cassius Khan's spectacular talent with his rich voice and incredible tabla playing alongside Stu Goldberg's impossible piano virtuosity, LIVE IN CONCERT!
-- Kerry Mastifson, Jazz enthusiast, e-jazznews.com
This is a fine example of a well recorded album. The musicianship, as said in all the reviews on the net, is incredible between these two fine masters of music, Stu Goldberg, and Cassius Khan.
I have been a Stu Goldberg fan for years, I saw him at the Monterey Festival in the 1970's. He has always been a cool cat, well spoken, well versed in music... He did disappear for about two decades or so, making music for countless films, like Indiana Jones and more recently, The Amazing Race. It's great to know he's still around. Check out this cat's website, www.stugoldberg.com
Cassius Khan is a name that has spanned internationally quite quickly, he is most famous for his collaborations with Ellen Mcilwaine, Pavlo and some famous Indian musicians Indian musicians. His forte, though, lies in Indian music, and his performances as a soloist in tabla and vocal singing is amazing. He is apparently the only musician in the world who can play the tablas and sing at the same time. Check out his website, cassiuskhan.impendo.com and listen to the clips!
What these two guys have done together is a definite Grammy Award winning album, a wonderful collaboration that has inspired solos, duo's and another lovely young voice, Jennifer Lauren, who balances the album perfectly with her ballads.
You can purchase this album on Stu Goldberg's website, www.stugoldberg.com and you should buy it fast.
If you want to see their live concert clips, go to the website or go to www.youtube.com and type is either Stu's or Cassius's full name, and enjoy the clips.
GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALBUM FOR 2007: DARK CLOUDS, STU GOLDBERG AND CASSIUS KHAN WITH JENNIFER LAUREN...
-- Tavin Mooring, Queensland, AUSTRALIA, e-jazznews.com