Friday, October 8, 2010

CD Review: Sameer Gupta's Bolly-Jazz

A jazz drummer and tabla talent, Sameer Gupta brings us a collection of songs inspired by early Bollywood film scores. The Sanskrit album title can mean "show respect", or "welcome" in English. Namaskar is something worthy of respect and it has a very welcoming sound. There are connections with American/Latin jazz and Indian music, which I appropriately dub 'Bolly-Jazz'. Sameer is joined by Marc Cory (keyboards, ableton, piano), Pt. Anindo Chatterjee (tabla), Pt. Ramesh Misra (sarangi), Srinivas Reddy (sitar), David Boyce (sax, EFX, clarinet), Prasant Radhakrishnan (carnatic sax), Charith Premawardanan (viola), and David Ewell (acoustic bass). The music is jazzy with hints of Latin and classical, amidst a wandering rhythm sound of Indian delight. Importantly, the music does not contain any vocalizations. Anyone with an appreciation for world fusion, jazz, Indian, avante-garde, and related styles will find inner (and outer) happiness with Namaskar. Lastly, the liner notes contain English interviews with Marc and Pts. Anindo and Ramesh. ~ Matthew Forss

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