A Meeting by the River

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
A Meeting by the River can best be described as a spontaneous outpouring of music, unhindered by convention or form, brought into being by musicians so supremely capable that the music is never labored, the technique of their craft always subservient to the final product. Cooder and Bhatt are genuine masters of the guitar and mohan vina, respectively. The latter, an instrument created by Bhatt himself, is a sort of hybrid between a guitar and a vichitra vina, and is played with a metal slide. This fact is just one of the many things that connect Bhatt's playing to Cooder's, who plays nothing but bottleneck guitar here. The musical interplay between Cooder and Bhatt is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
A Meeting by the River can best be described as a spontaneous outpouring of music, unhindered by convention or form, brought into being by musicians so supremely capable that the music is never labored, the technique of their craft always subservient to the final product. Cooder and Bhatt are genuine masters of the guitar and mohan vina, respectively. The latter, an instrument created by Bhatt himself, is a sort of hybrid between a guitar and a vichitra vina, and is played with a metal slide. This fact is just one of the many things that connect Bhatt's playing to Cooder's, who plays nothing but bottleneck guitar here. The musical interplay between Cooder and Bhatt is nothing short of astounding, especially so considering that they met for the first time only a half-hour before the recording of this album. The voices of the two instruments blend marvelously, first alternating melodic statements, then doing so together, each dancing around the other, playing cat and mouse, probing, answering, reflecting. They are ably accompanied by a pair of percussionists: tabla player Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari and Cooder's own son, Joachim, on dumbek. A Meeting by the River is one of those few cross-genre albums in which the listener never feels for a second that there is some kind of fusion going on; one does not hear the component parts so much as the integrated whole. However, one can theoretically separate guitar from vina, America from India, the Mississippi from the Ganges. Once this is done, the resulting music makes more sense than ever before, the combination of two traditions of stringed instruments that use slides to produce sound and value improvisation and voice-like phrasing. As good as this sounds on paper, the actual results are even more impressive. The splendor of the music is aided in its transmission by the fact that, like all Water Lily Acoustics releases, this album is masterfully recorded; each instrument is clear, distinct, and three-dimensional sounding. A Meeting by the River is a must-own, a thing of pure, unadulterated beauty, and the strongest record in Cooder's extensive catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1993
  • Label: Water Lily Acoustics
  • UPC: 760997002929
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 32,339

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Meeting by the River (10:03)
  2. 2 Longing (11:56)
  3. 3 Ganges Delta Blues (9:57)
  4. 4 Isa Lei (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ry Cooder Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Primary Artist, Track Performer, Bottleneck Guitar
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Primary Artist, Slide Guitar, Track Performer
V.M. Bhatt Mohan Vina
Joachim Cooder Dumbek, Dumbeg
Sukhivinder Singh Namdhari Tabla
Sukhvinder Singh Namdhari Tabla
Technical Credits
Kavichandran Alexander Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Mike Sexton Cover Photo
Gus Skinas Authoring
Jayant Shah Producer
Rumi Liner Notes, Quotes Researched & Compiled
Leslie Shirack Art Direction
Kevin Michael Gray Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just another masterpiece by the master.

    I just buy everything that Ry Cooder puts out. I went on line to order this for a friend and was shocked that no one had reviewed it. This is as good as it gets. I've yet to play it for someone without converting them. Listening to this in stereo with each musician highlighted on his own speaker is truly spiritual. Ry Cooder has introduced me to so many different kinds of music over the years and epitomizes what Ellington said: "There are only two kinds of music; good and bad." I've been a fan since "The Rising Sons". Tex-Mex with Flaco, Hawaiian Blues with Gabby Pahinui, African blues with the great Mali-an, Ali Farka Toure, The Buena Vista Social Club, Chavez Ravine, his latest with The Chieftains. Not to mention all of the amazing movie sound tracks. Sorry to get off on a rant but this guy is not only a great musician but a true visionary in the music world. Oh, yeah; and politically correct!!!

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