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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Presenting the best of maestro Ravi Shankar's cross-cultural experiments, Bridges paints an especially handsome portrait of the sitar master now into his seventh decade of performance. His stint with the Beatles et al., and at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival have made one aspect of Shankar's East-West career the stuff of legend. But far more satisfying have been his recordings with composer Philip Glass, his striking Russian-influenced Inside the Kremlin, and his fusion free-for-all Tana Mala, which featured George Harrison, Al Kooper, and banks of electronic instrumentation. Collecting tracks from each of these recordings, Bridges is a friendly primer for ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Presenting the best of maestro Ravi Shankar's cross-cultural experiments, Bridges paints an especially handsome portrait of the sitar master now into his seventh decade of performance. His stint with the Beatles et al., and at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival have made one aspect of Shankar's East-West career the stuff of legend. But far more satisfying have been his recordings with composer Philip Glass, his striking Russian-influenced Inside the Kremlin, and his fusion free-for-all Tana Mala, which featured George Harrison, Al Kooper, and banks of electronic instrumentation. Collecting tracks from each of these recordings, Bridges is a friendly primer for Shankar's more rigorous collaborations. The Russian numbers in particular are of transcendent beauty; "Shanti Mantra" and "Sandhya Raga" showcase an Indian contingent including Shankar, his late son Shubho, and stars Tarun Battacharya, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Ronu Majumdar, and others along with a Russian chorus and chamber orchestra. "Prashanti" and "Ragas in Minor Scale," from Shankar's Passages album, are based on themes from Glass, and they form a neat, sui generis style. Paired with Shankar's early West Meets East with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bridges is a fine sampling of Shankar at his most ambitious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 019341158226
  • Catalog Number: 11582
  • Sales rank: 24,106

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sandhya Rangs (11:23)
  2. 2 Chase (2:22)
  3. 3 West Eats Meat (6:11)
  4. 4 Ragas in Minor Scale (7:36)
  5. 5 Tarana (5:39)
  6. 6 Tana Mana (3:42)
  7. 7 Sadhanipa (8:35)
  8. 8 Friar Park (5:57)
  9. 9 Reunion (4:20)
  10. 10 Prashanti (13:40)
  11. 11 Shanti-Mantra (6:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ravi Shankar Primary Artist, Sitar
Al Kooper Guitar
Al Brown Viola
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Guitar
Seymour Barab Cello
Ray Cooper Marimbas
Barry Finclair Violin, Viola
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Jack Kripl Flute, Soprano Saxophone
Beverly Lauridsen Cello
Batia Lieberman Cello
Markandeya Mishra Tabla
Ramesh Mishra Sarangui
Patrick O'Hearn Bass
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Richard Peck Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lenny Pickett Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Harihar Rao Vocals, Tanpura
Alan Raph Trombone
Michael Riesman Piano
Sergiu Schwartz Violin
Ron Sell French Horn
Richard Sortomme Viola
Masako Yanagita Violin, Viola
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Mayuki Fukuhara Violin
Jean Gagne Voices
Ric Parnell Electric Drums
Ronu Mazumdar Flute
Suresh Lalwani Violin
Swapan Choudhuri Tabla
Ratna Mala Vocals
Partha Sarathy Veena, Sarod
Kailash Sharma Flute
Shubhendra Rao Sitar
Ravindra Sathe Vocals
Balachandra Joshi Percussion
Abhiman Kaushal Tabla
Tim Baker Violin
Technical Credits
Suresh Lalwani Arranger, Writer
Claude-Henry Joubert Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Engaging

    With less empahsis on rythmic elements (syncopation), the domination of the sitar allows the free reign of Ravi Shakar's brillance to envelope the listener's spirit with harmonics that lift one to other worldliness. Additonally, the variety of music forms make the entire CD enjoyable; refreshing and engaging. I can't express what a joy it is to find this jewel.

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