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Chateau Benares

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Sanjay Mishra's new release "Chateau Benares" expands on his earlier fusion recordings such as "Blue Incantation" (AKR #159) with Jerry Garcia. This CD contains a mix of East Indian and electronic jazz and features special guests DJ Logic and Keller Williams among others.

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Forty decades after George Harrison first twanged a sitar, Indian crossover is still going strong. Sanjay Mishra said that growing up in India he tried to be like Harrison, and he's been doing that since his debut, Blue Incantations, 11 years ago. On that album, Mishra had Jerry Garcia as a guest on three tracks, some of the last music the Grateful Dead guitarist would record. Jerry's gone, but Sanjay is still here with his fourth CD. More than Harrison, Mishra follows in the tradition of John McLaughlin's influential east-west fusion group, Shakti. Mishra, however, mixes in more western elements, playing his fretless guitar in raga modes atop rhythms that are sometimes free alaps and other times minimal electronica grooves. While most of the music is Indian-derived, he brings his classical background to bear on the counterpoint of Enrique Granados's "Oriental" and jumps into some jamming funk on "The Gateless Gate" with Steve Gorn blowing bluesy bansuri flute over a walking bass line. Some of Chateau Benares is a little jammy and aimless, especially the tracks with looped grooves like "Loop 4 Alternate." Mishra works best on more heavily arranged tracks like the guitar-synth chamber piece, "Oslo," and "The Bells of Heaven Ring," where Mishra weaves his guitar between the rivulets of Barun Pal playing the hansa veena, a sitar-like lute. Chateau Benares is an album of intoxicating elegance and ruminative graces--check in and you won't want to leave. --John Diliberto
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Akar Records
  • ASIN: B000H8RVDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Chateau Benares" is, by far, Sanjay's most cohesive and exploritory work yet and evokes past themes; themes which you'll recognize from previous compositions. But, as evident in "Mirror," these themes are much more finely developed and fully explored. Yup, that's DJ Logic on "Logical Journey," so don't expect any lightweight electronica here- or anywhere Sanjay slips easily into ambient. Mishra has always incorporated electronic elements into his work, and Logic's involvement mixing jazz (such as his remix of Red Norvo's "Night and Day") fits well into Mishra's inclusive, cross-cutting composition. "Since Then" is a fine example of the moving and spacey (yet emotional) writing in Sanjay's work while the classical guitar composition "Oriental" (which demonstrates methods Sanjay describes in his recent instructional book) is finely executed. Electronica artists should take a clue from "Loop4" and "Loop4 Alternate" as a way to get a truely organic feel - Sanjay incorporates traditional Indian music styles in the composition of his pieces- not just adding a sitar as a flourish while maintaining western 4/4 timing.

"A Different Morning" is a sonic fest- there's alot going on in here. "Raindrum" is, perhaps, closest to Sanjay's prior work but his sly use of electronics makes this entire album (with its clear, spaceous production) much closer to an ECM release. "Bells of Heaven Ring" starts at Roxy Music's "Avalon" and launches into dreaminess from there. But "The Gateless Gate" is one of the most interesting songs on the album. The groove Sanjay's band arrives at is... sweet, like the Grateful Dead could be at times.
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I first heard this artist on a plane flying from Europe to the US and loved the piece they had on the audio program. So I ordered this CD and love it so much, I ordered another CD by this artist. It is the perfect background music while eating, relaxing etc. Very unusual style and beautifully done.
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Sanjay Mishra makes wonderful music. I think he has topped himself with Camden Benares. Absolutely amazing! Highly recommended. Sure to please.
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Excellent Music - one of the few CDs, I do not skip tracks. Starts out with almost a prayer like tune and evolves into a wonderful experience.
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I have never written an Amazon review, but while listening to chateau benares this morning I decided it is one of the most perfect albums I've ever heard. I have listened to it hundreds of times and I have never gotten tired of it. I hear something new each time. Sanjay Mishra blends so many musical styles and traditions and produces a depth of expression that moves me every time.
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