Blue Incantation

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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Not only did the late Jerry Garcia like Indian guitarist Sanjay Mishra's work so much that he released Blue Incantation through the Grateful Dead's merchandising company, but he even graced three of the album's tracks with his distinctive guitar work, making this one of his last performances before his death. But the Garcia connection aside, this disc is worth a listen on the strength of Mishra's nimble guitar work and smooth compositions alone. His dexterity is well-met by Samir Chatterjee's gifted approach to tabla, marrying complex rhythmic structures with pastoral melodies to create an Indian-folk fusion that's remarkably accessible. On tracks like "Monsoon" and "Clouds,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Not only did the late Jerry Garcia like Indian guitarist Sanjay Mishra's work so much that he released Blue Incantation through the Grateful Dead's merchandising company, but he even graced three of the album's tracks with his distinctive guitar work, making this one of his last performances before his death. But the Garcia connection aside, this disc is worth a listen on the strength of Mishra's nimble guitar work and smooth compositions alone. His dexterity is well-met by Samir Chatterjee's gifted approach to tabla, marrying complex rhythmic structures with pastoral melodies to create an Indian-folk fusion that's remarkably accessible. On tracks like "Monsoon" and "Clouds," Garcia's blues-based guitar is worked into the mix, exploring atmospheric planes perfect for meditation or relaxation, while "Bach In Time" finds Mishra exhibiting a remarkable knowledge of Western classical music. But the album's most effective track is the hypnotically sensual "Passage Into Dawn," which uses the passionate vocals of Sanghamitra Chatterjee to great effect. A gorgeous record that updates the rich traditions of Indian Classical music by placing them in a modern context.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Akar Records
  • UPC: 609651159022
  • Catalog Number: 1590
  • Sales rank: 126,118

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Meditation (4:07)
  2. 2 Monsoon (3:00)
  3. 3 For Julia (6:24)
  4. 4 Allegro (4:09)
  5. 5 Clouds (To Jerry Garcia) (7:33)
  6. 6 Passage into Dawn (7:22)
  7. 7 Self Portrait (2:31)
  8. 8 Back in Time (4:11)
  9. 9 Nocturne/Evening Chant (4:08)
  10. 10 Before Summer Rain (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sanjay Mishra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Solo Instrumental, Guitar
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Track Performer
Samir Chatterjee Percussion, Tabla
John Wubbenhorst Flute
Steve Zerlin Bass
George Thomas Bass
Technical Credits
John Cutler Engineer
Heidi Gerber Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Jim Robeson Engineer
Miti Engineer
Sanjay Mishra Arranger, Composer, Producer, MIDI Programming, Concept Design
Micah Solomon Executive Producer
Mark Daniels Inlay Photography
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