(1998) Realm Music - RM405   (CD and cassette).

Jamie Janover's hammered dulcimer CD,"Realms" is a ground breaking recording. Each track is from a different realm of music - styles that are not normally played on the hammered dulcimer such as : jazz, classical, African, Middle-Eastern, rock, bluegrass, hip-hop, acid jazz, Indian etc. The recording features 20 special guests including members of Phish, The String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, The Jazz Mandolin Project, The Flecktones, Baaba Maal's band, Jazz Is Dead, Bobby McFerrin's Circle Songs and The David Grisman Quintet.

LISTEN to samples from the CD (128k MP3):

Track 2:Seventh Sea
Track 4:Ride   
Track 8:Dark Star

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This pioneering  CD has eleven tracks :

1. Third Stone From The Sun (Jimi Hendrix)
2. The Seventh Sea (Janover/Burhoe)
3. Cello Suite #1: Prelude (J.S. Bach)
4. Ride (Janover / Furtado)
5. Alabama (John Coltrane)
6. Perculcimer (Janover / Travis)
7. Scribe (Janover / Quist)
8. Amaxoxo (Trad. West African)
9. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charles Mingus)
10. Dark Star (Grateful Dead/ R. Hunter)
11. ADHD (Janover / Holstein)

There are 20 guest musicians on the CD ! :

Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss, Turtle Island String Quartet)
Ty Burhoe (Curandero, Soloist)
Mark Diamond (James Moody, Peter Rowan)
Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal, John McLaughlin, Trilok Gurtu, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke)
Cheryl Etu (Chupacabra, Tribal folk)
Jon Fishman (Phish)
Tony Furtado (Rounder recording artist, Sugarbeat)
Aaron Holstein (ZILLA, Boogie Shoes, Vibe Squad, Buem)
Edwin Hurwitz (Shockra, Realms Ensemble, Wendy Woo Band)
Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, Trio Globo)
Tye North (Leftover Salmon, Nederland Acid Jazz, Zambiland Orchestra)
Jeff "APT.Q-258" Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon, Jazz Is Dead)
Beth Quist (Bobby Mcferrin, Serfe, Cirque Du Soleil)
Bakhane Seck (Baaba Maal)
Michael Travis (The String Cheese Incident, ZILLA, Zuvuya)
Sally Van Meter (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia)
Dave Watts (The Motet, Mo Realms,
Shockra, Skin, Speaking In Tongues)
The Jazz Mandolin Project with :
Jamie Masefield, Stacey Starkweather and Gabriel Jarrett

Here are what some critics have said about the Realms CD :

"His newest disk, "Realms", offers a vast array of instrumental settings for Janover to display his skill ... the disc is a surprisingly complex showcase of unpredictability and ability."
-David Surchuk, The Boulder Weekly

"An artist who scores heavily in the originality stakes is Jamie Janover. He plays the hammered dulcimer, and boy, does he play it! Realms is his (fifth) album to date, and what a gem it is. Janover has an all-star cast of heavy friends including members of Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Phish and The Jazz Mandolin Project, as well as Darol Anger, Sally Van Meter, Tony Furtado, (Kai Eckhardt and Howard Levy). But rest assured; it's Janover's incredibly diverse and imaginative playing that occupies the limelight. The music he tackles is far more complex and experimental than of most hammered dulcimer players."
-Mick Skidmore, Relix Magazine

Relaxation and beauty are to be found on this album, sided with talented sidemen and an assortment of genres., Christopher Orman

žExcellent fusion knows no boundaries. And this sampling of jazz, rock,funk and folk shakes your moneymaker in delightful ways. Gotta give Jamie Janover an žAÓ with creative engineering on the songs (on this CD).Ó
TJM - Dirty Linnen - The magazine of folk and world music.

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Portions of "Realms", including the entire Cello Suite #1 have been broadcast on "All Things Considered" on National Pubic Radio. (12 Million listeners)