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Dey, Mohini: Mohini Dey

How does one become a prodigy at 27 years old? Bassist Mohini Dey may have the answer to that question having already collaborated with artists such as Marco Minnemann, Jordan Rudess, and Zakir Hussain to name a few. On top of all the accolades, we now have her first solo album to enjoy. You will soon find out that not only is she a stellar musician, she can also write.

If the opening “In-N-Out” doesn’t knock your socks off, I’d be at a loss. Dey opens the track, and this one absolutely rocks, Bumblefoot gets to rip a wonderful solo, as Dey and Borlai lock in, and the horns are terrific. Does it sound like I’m reeled in already, you bet I am! This is how you open an album and grab the listener’s attention. “Introverted Soul” I believe applies the Konnakol vocals which really just add a melody over the top, with more bass heroics from Dey, we are still moving and grooving. Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Aristocrats) lets his guitar do the talking while Dey and Borlai are killing it. Let me say that the horns add so much to a song, and the perfect example is “Bombay Bong” where they mirror the bass line, and with the help of Simon Phillips (drums) you have another groove monster. “Meat Eater” is simply stunning, bass, horns, electric piano, and so melodic, this will grab your ear and not let go. “Colored Goddess” slows things down with a laid back vibe and more great melody. This is certainly a masterclass in bass playing (and musicianship in general), but it is also musical, not just a players showcase. I am always in awe of musicianship, but that only goes so far, without an enjoyable song, playing for the sake of show gets boring fast. “Emotion” is a nice showcase for Dey, and the closer “Happy To Slap It” leaves a hard hitting impression to keep you coming back for more.

Dey has surrounded herself with wonderful musicians throughout, and a few I haven’t mentioned such as Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), Narada Michael Walden may add to the wow factor, but the music does all the talking. Dey has lived up to her billing with this first outing, and let’s hope we’ll hear more in the near future.

Track List:
1. In-N-Out
2. Introverted Soul
3. Bombay Bong
4. Meat Eater
5. Coloured Goddess
6. First Food Then You
7. Kick’B’ass
8. Emotion
9. Happy To Slap It

Added: September 13th 2023
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Artists @ Bandcamp
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Language: english

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