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Remember Shakti
     

Remember Shakti

by Shakti
 
REMEMBER SHAKTI, a reunion of the 25-year-old encounter between jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin and tabla master Zakir Hussain, seems to move backward in time, ever closer to the inspirational source that first drew jazz and Indian classical music into harmony. That inspiration is improvisation, the off-the-cuff magic calmly, lovingly pursued and sustained over

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REMEMBER SHAKTI, a reunion of the 25-year-old encounter between jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin and tabla master Zakir Hussain, seems to move backward in time, ever closer to the inspirational source that first drew jazz and Indian classical music into harmony. That inspiration is improvisation, the off-the-cuff magic calmly, lovingly pursued and sustained over this stunning two-CD live performance. Joined by South Indian maestro Vikku Vinayakram on ghatam (a clay pot drum), and bansuri flute master Hariprasad Chaurasia, McLaughlin and Hussain reveal a collaboration that's even more conversational than the original version of Shakti, which featured violinist L. Shankar. REMEMBER SHAKTI begins with the raga "Chandrakauns," a half-hour dialogue between Chaurasia and Hussain that sets an appropriately ancient scene for the following four selections. When McLaughlin enters on "The Wish," his hollow-body guitar queries in a language derived as much from Indian tunings as R&B tonalities. Hussain answers on his tabla, subcontinental accents testing new rhythmic combinations. The entire ensemble turn "Lotus Feet," McLaughlin's classic East/West, dance into a stirring, melodic meditation. With so much history -- Hussain performed at the feet of Ravi Shankar, Chaurasia introduced guitar into Indian music on 1968's CALL OF THE VALLEY, and McLaughlin has experimented with masters from jazz to flamenco -- REMEMBER SHAKTI's timeless quality is remarkable. And welcome -- listen deep.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
On Remember Shakti, jazz guitarist John McLaughlin returns to one of his chief inspirations -- classical Indian music -- by re-forming his '70s group Shakti. Original members Zakir Hussain (tabla) and Vikku Vinayakram (ghatam) return, joined by Hariprasad Chaurasia on the bansuri (Indian flute). Remember Shakti has a more meditative, fluid feel than the percussive work of the original group, but McLaughlin's subtle, hypnotic guitar work bridges Shakti's past and present. Remember Shakti's double-disc length gives the group ample time to explore the intricacies of compositions like "The Wish," "Chandrakauns," and the hour-plus "Mukti." An emotionally rich, musically accomplished album, Remember Shakti reunites a unique group of players.

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Release Date:
04/13/1999
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731455994520
catalogNumber:
559945

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