Vessel of Gratitude has 8 songs, played by 8 musicians. Instruments include an array of percussion colors, including the amadinda xylophone of Uganda, cajon, tabla, riq, trap set, and many more. Melodies are carried by oud, bazouki, piano, accordian, marimba and violin, with everything supported by acoustic bass. My music tends to use odd meters and other methods to make the rhythms interesting, and I like to write in various modes, with steady bass lines. Having so many players on this album allows the music to be richly colored and highly varied from one tune to the next. Some are driving and rhythmic, while others are highly emotionally expressive.