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Visions

by Prashant Aswani

Instrumental Rock Guitar featuring Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas II. Produced and written by Prashant Aswani
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Your Call
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2. Boiling Point
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4:05 $1.29
3. Trapped
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4:13 $1.29
4. Crispy
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5. The Other Side
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6. Motivated to Run
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4:53 $1.29
7. Brain Burn
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5:28 $1.29
8. Nerve Dance
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9. Left of Center
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10. Jaya
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11. Another Chance
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12. Glimmer
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Album Notes
Musicians:
Prashant Aswani - Guitars
Jose Pasillas II – Drums
Gabe Rosales – Bass
Guest Solo on “Left of Center” – Jeff Kollman
Jose Pasillas/Incubus appears courtesy of Sony Music

There are no Keyboards used at all whatsoever on this album!

Produced by Prashant Aswani
All Songs Written and Arranged by Prashant Aswani
Engineered by Prashant Aswani
Mixed by Prashant Aswani and John Cranfield
Mastered by Paul Logus
Drums Recorded by Lee Bench and Prashant Aswani
Director of art and Graphic design - Jose Pasillas II
Photography by Michael Muller


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Scott Kahn

Prashant Aswani — Visions
Although Prashant Aswani’s name isn’t as well known as other top instrumentalists like Satch, Vai, and Johnson, it very well should be, since he’s a player and songwriter of the same caliber. Along with the other maestro who belongs in your CD collection, Andy Timmons, Aswani stands leaps and bounds above the long list of “wanker-shredders” who each indignantly ask why they haven’t achieved superstar recognition for their playing. Aswani doesn’t ask, and thus proves to be one of the most deserving.

It’s the song, stupid. Nobody cares about endless wanking in the name of shred if the song is crap, and that’s why Aswani has risen to the level of short-list greatness. Here is a player who writes superbly crafted instrumental songs. They have hooks. They have melodies. They have grooves. But wait! There’s more. They have chops, and… impeccable tone!

On his fourth-ish album, Visions, we find Aswani in familiar top shape, with a great collection of songs that cover a range of rock, hard rock, blues, and fusion styles. While deftly handling guitar duties, he is joined by Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas, and bassist Gabe Rosales on all tracks, plus a guest appearance by guitarist Jeff Kollman on the song, "Left of Center."
From the opening blues-inspired guitar of “Your Call,” which then morphs into an Eric Johnson-esque melody, you’ll be drawn to this album. By the time you get to track four, the tight and hard rocking “Crispy” groove, you’ll be hooked. A few tracks later you’ll hear some cool vintage flanger effects on “Brain Burn,” and then wonder why you’re just first discovering Aswani.

Aswani’s lead style is extremely fluid and melodic. At times, I feel like the songs were written around a vocal arrangement and then Aswani said screw it, and replaced the vocal line with his guitar. This is a good thing: it speaks to his songwriting style and sense of melody.
Sometimes, as a musician gets more and more involved in the technical aspects of record making—the recording and production, things tend to suffer. But in this case, Aswani’s attention to detail in the engineering paid off handsomely, as the recording sounds truly fantastic, and his best to date.

There are plenty of great guitar layers and textures, with clever rhythm parts behind the melody lines and solo, and everywhere, the mix is outstanding, with great clarity among all instruments. We appreciate that all members of the band sound like they belong on the record, whereas we’ve all heard far too many wank-fests in which the rhythm section is really just there to provide an eighth-note backdrop for shredding.

Fortunately, Aswani brings us back to the songs, and despite his being a rocker at heart, elements of jazz fusion creep up in his songwriting even when he doesn’t seem to notice it being there. Maybe it’s that he was raised on classical Indian music and he spent years playing tabla (which you can hear on earlier releases of his). Whatever the case, fans of the great instrumental guitarists will be right at home with Aswani’s sound and style, and discerning ears will notice some very cool ways in which he distinguishes himself from the other masters. Consider this release a must-have, and a great gift for non-musicians who love great instrumental guitar music. And about that “fourth-ish” album reference? Check out our in-depth interview next month to find out what we’re talking about.

Jonathan Bloomer

Prashant Aswani — Visions
Visions’ is the fourth solo album from Fusion Guitar master Prashant Aswani set for release on December 18 2012. Prashant, an ESP Endorsee with his own signature model, wrote and arranged all of the tracks on Visions and also produced and engineered the recording. Mixing was shared by Aswani with John Cranfield. Prashant called upon Incubus drummer Jose Pasillas who features on all 12 instrumental tracks and bass player Gabe Rosales. Jeff Kollman also makes a guest solo appearance on the song, “Left of Center”.

This album is instantly recognisable as Prashant Aswani not only from his smooth lead tone (check out this post from Prashant about how he got his lead tone on his last album ‘Sonically Speaking’) and his use of the trem bar (a la Jeff Beck) to bend into notes and phrases. The opening track “Your Call” has some interesting sections that I think use a slide (I could be wrong, Update: I was wrong, Prashant has just informed me that he used a Custom Fretless ESP guitar how cool is that!) to create Indian flavoured melodies and some cool effects one that sounds a bit like ring modulator (Update: an original Tycobrae Octavia is used in the A sections). Most of Prashant’s music is very much Jazz influenced but he always has a couple of heavy rock moments on his albums which I love, for instance the track “Left Of Center” has a driving crunchy riff throughout, another track is “Crispy” which switches between a traditional rock riff section and what I would call a more Jazz Fusion section. There is always a lot of variation in styles, tempos etc. on Prashant’s albums such as “Motivated To Run” which slowly builds from the intro which has tremelo guitars throbbing away the main theme until it reaches the crescendo after a couple of minutes with a blistering guitar solo.

But don’t just take my word for it Prashant has kindly uploaded a sampler to Soundcloud which you can check out below and has snippets from each of the tracks on the album for you to listen to: