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Parallel Reality was some of the best playing I have heard. It was unrestricted and open. It’s a good feeling when that happens. It takes you away from your ordinary state.  Most musicians like to play or want to play like that, but don’t. I think every musician should have a copy of this album.” —Rashied Ali

“Tisziji Muñoz is a man of self-knowledge, and a very advanced musician. Tisziji has this aura about him. Not everyone sees it, but I do. Tisziji is one of the spiritual players. He has that quality about him. He is the only one I know that plays like that. He thinks and plays on a higher level, with that spiritual quality that is about being free.  He is the only guitar player I really know that I can play with. To me, it’s like there are no other guitar players. He is the only one. I can’t play with anyone else like I play with Tisziji.” —Pharoah Sanders
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  1. Disconnected
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 8:19
  2. Crazy Heart Wisdom
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 14:06
  3. Will To Freedom
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 7:21
  4. No Self, No Thought, No Mind Equals No Problemas
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 8:36
  5. Never Enough Heart-Break
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 8:18
  6. Spirit Path
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 11:05

  7. Parallel Reality
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 19:25
  8. Offering of Love
    (Tisziji Muñoz, Anami Music – BMI) 1:05

Tisziji Muñoz: Guitar, Synth, Bells
Rashied Ali: Drums
Ravi Coltrane*: Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Don Pate: Bass
*Ravi Coltrane appears courtesy of BMG/RCA Victor Records

Produced by Tisziji Muñoz
Co-Producer: Nancy Muñoz

Recorded on December 9, 2000 at Right Track Recording NY, NY
Recording & Mastering Engineer: Mike Muñoz
Mixing Engineers: Mike and Tisziji Muñoz
Assistant Engineer: Andrew Felluss


Downtown Music Gallery

August 3 2001, by Bruce Gallanter

“TISZIJI MUNOZ-Parallel Reality (Anami 020) Featuring Ravi Coltrane on tenor & soprano saxes, Rashied Ali on drums, Don Pate on double-bass and our favorite electric guitar god – Tisziji (pronounced tiz-zee-gee) Muñoz!!  Our main man Muñoz is back once again with the 20th release on his own Anami label and we are in for another journey into the cosmos.  Tisziji’s main inspiration has always been the later explorations of sax god -John Coltrane and finally Muñoz connects with Coltrane’s son Ravi, as well as with Muñoz’ long-time partner & Trane’s final drummer of choice – Rashied Ali!  Although no one can play with the overwhelming hurricane force that John Coltrane rose to, Muñoz’ ever-probing guitar consistently burns with that same inner mounting flame and here pushes Ravi further into same cosmic terrain.  On ‘Parallel Reality’ there are no covers, only original offerings from Muñoz – Ravi had to learn these tunes on the spot and jump in – swim or drown!  “Disconnected” opens with a slow tempo and cautious vibe – Ravi’s tenor tone is pure and restrained – gradually Muñoz takes off, slowly building his cascading lines more quickly with a dark, angular, fat tone taking off for the stratosphere.  The opening theme on “Crazy Heart Wisdom” is rather warm and ballad-like – soon the tempo escalates as the rhythm team gets busier and Ravi starts to dig in and explore – when his solo is done, Muñoz comes flying in with ferocious force and lets it rip – impossibly fast and intense – both Rashied and Don buzzing furiously as well – as the guitar reaches for the stars!  Eventually both Ravi and Tisziji weave their quick lines in a dense fabric and we are left with an inspired drum solo from Rashied.  Ravi does a fine job of pacing himself, playing in a more relaxed way as the trio around him spins more quickly – on “Will to Freedom” Ravi and Don listen and play together closely while the guitar and drums are connected and speed into oblivion – yet it still works as one force as the two spheres inter-connect and end up in the same place.  Even on “No Self, No Thought, No Mind” the bass & drums play this lovely, haunting melody while the guitar hovers above with some occasional lightning flashes for excitement.  Ravi embraces the melancholy melody of “Never Enough Heart-Break” with ghost-like grace as the quartet flows in slow motion on one level, but then the guitar and sax begin weaving streams together once more – ascending higher and higher skywards.  Ravi plays soprano sax on “Spirit Path” which has that delirious snake-charming like vibe and the elegance of that “My Favorite Things”-like beauty -Muñoz also plays a somewhat restrained, yet free-flowing solo which builds into a story.  The title track is the longest and Munoz’ quartet take their time to build into wave after wave of spiraling lines rising to the heavens and beyond – Ravi’s solo is more laid back while Tisziji’s begins this way before he starts to propel things into hyper-drive.  The theme is quite a memorable one, which you might just be whistling sometime soon.  The final track is a splendid short one called “Offering of Love” and it is just the right way to end our marvelous journey.  $12.”