Monday, September 16, 2013

CD Review: Debashish Bhattacharya's 'Madeira'

Debashish Bhattacharya
Tridev Music India

Madeira is an album that explores the lighter side of Indian classical music with a mix of slow-paced ragas, upbeat rhythms, and semi-classical compositions. The album is a family affair with Debashish Bhattacharya being joined by his daughter, Anandi Bhattacharya on vocals and Subhasis Bhattacharya, Debashish's brother, on tabla. There are five tracks in all. "Madeira" is a sixteen-minute tune showcasing Raga Lalit (aalap on Chaturangui), "Morning Gait" on Raga Kaunsi Bhairav (composition in vilambit teentaal), "Jhoom" on Raga Kaunsi Bhairav (composition and jhala in med. and fast tempo), "Colours Of Love" on Raga Manj Khamaj (chaiti), and "O My Beloved!" on Raga Pilu (thurmi). As the tracks play out, each one brings in a little more percussion, vocals, and/or sitar. Anandi's vocals are sweet and light with a slight huskiness that seems to add more maturity to the mix. At any rate, fans of Debashish Bhattacharya will love the new recording, as well as fans Indian classical music in a slightly contemporary setting. ~ Matthew Forss 

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