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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Coming off the triumph of his brilliant Edge of Heaven album (on which he adapted vintage Chinese pop music to a modern and often blues-flavored idiom), guitar god Gary Lucas is back with a duo effort featuring Indian singer Najma Akhtar. And while Rishte is a very enjoyable album, it doesn't quite achieve the same level of transcendence as Edge of Heaven did. It may be because the blues blends better with Chinese pop music -- which, like the blues, tends to center around pentatonic melodies -- than with Indian music, the fundamental hallmark of which is enormous melodic complexity. Granted, Indian music shares with the blues a tendency toward slides and microtonal ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Coming off the triumph of his brilliant Edge of Heaven album (on which he adapted vintage Chinese pop music to a modern and often blues-flavored idiom), guitar god Gary Lucas is back with a duo effort featuring Indian singer Najma Akhtar. And while Rishte is a very enjoyable album, it doesn't quite achieve the same level of transcendence as Edge of Heaven did. It may be because the blues blends better with Chinese pop music -- which, like the blues, tends to center around pentatonic melodies -- than with Indian music, the fundamental hallmark of which is enormous melodic complexity. Granted, Indian music shares with the blues a tendency toward slides and microtonal ornaments, but still: asking a singer like Akhtar to tackle Skip James' "Special Rider Blues" is a bit like asking Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to sing "Happy Birthday." The bends and tonal shadings of the blues are like nursery rhymes compared to the epic poetry of Indian microtonal elaboration. At its best, though, this album really does soar. Those moments include the utterly beautiful title track, on which Akhtar's sung melody is both keening and sweet over a lovely accompaniment of acoustic guitar and tabla, and the hair-raising "Parda," on which Akhtar is given free rein to really show off her astounding skills and crystal-clear voice. And it goes without saying that Lucas' guitar playing is brilliant throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • Label: World Village Usa
  • UPC: 794881915125
  • Catalog Number: 450008
  • Sales rank: 170,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rishte (3:48)
  2. 2 Fragrance (3:40)
  3. 3 Aksar (3:04)
  4. 4 Behaal (3:59)
  5. 5 Woh Dhin (7:58)
  6. 6 Special Rider Blues (5:56)
  7. 7 Naya Dhin (3:25)
  8. 8 Daaya (5:43)
  9. 9 Parda (5:56)
  10. 10 Soul Taker (4:29)
  11. 11 Pensif Khayal (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Najma Primary Artist
Gary Lucas Guitar
Alicia Svigals Violin
Najma Akhtar Vocals
Dibyarka Chatterjee Tabla
Technical Credits
Skip James Composer
Gary Lucas Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Kurt Reil Engineer
Najma Akhtar Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant fusion of World Music and blues

    This CD is definately not one to be overlooked. Gary's guitar playing is as fine as on any God's and Monsters but is really upped by the vocals from Najma Akhtar. There is a reason why this album is currently at no 4 in the World Music charts and it's not one that's hard to hear from listening to it.

    All those who live in London should check out Najma's show on 9th October at a new venue in East London. More details can be found on their website http://www.richmix.org.uk/aandc_najmaakhtar.htm

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