(c) 2001 by Karuna LLC, catalogue number 793018201-2. Stereo. ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS: Benmont Tench; Nina Pieseckj; Alan Astin; Nina Rao; Keshav Das; Kosmic Kirtan Posse; and, East and West Coast Posses. Perhaps not as pretty as previous studio releases, Krishna Das’s Breath of the Heart nevertheless captures the ecstasy, devotion, and life-affirming qualities of chant.
Ably abetted by rap and rock producer Rick Rubin, Das joins with a choir dubbed the Kosmic Kirtan Posse, featuring the East and West Coast Posses, a group of some 50 members including Mike D of the Beastie Boys, while instruments as diverse as harmonium, Hammond B3 organ, violin, guitar, cymbals, and drums play backdrop.