Raising the Rhythms is an exuberant world music expedition. The Caribbean, America, India, Africa and Middle East all contribute influences to these richly varied and energetic compositions, whose vibrance is superbly captured in this unique recording. Smouldering layers of percussion form the foundation with a wide array of tablas, dholak, djembe, congas, bongos and bata drums. These are then joined by an exotic selection of voices and melodic instruments including Native American flute, harmonium, sax, trumpet, guitar and a plethora of keyboard sounds. James Asher’s love of rhythm and the wide diversity of ethnic music is superbly enhanced by his spirited but super clear production style. World Music fusion has rarely sounded hotter!