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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2001
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some important things: Karsh Kale's realize crew have created an important recording in the world of asian music. This might be the first real melding of classical traditional hindustani music and DnB--so much so that the combination aspect of it disssappears. There is a new synthesis brewing here, and it's an updated form of classical music; while the forms of raga aren't entirely maintained, and the pieces are incredibly short when compared to classical indian pieces... they're in there. There are "quick" alaaps, rhythmic developments that mirror gats, and other classical forms as well. What I hear is nothing short of the seed of NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC.
Now, with that said, it does have its drawbacks. parts of the recording don't transcend the recording process; they feel stitched together, and it takes a while for some peices to become the sum of their parts. And there are moments when it just seems that a piece is meandering. However, this is basically a debut record, and we can't justly hold that against the musicians.
Another important thing: besides the bhajan done by. Ud. Sultan Khan, there isn't a trace of Indian folk music--especially Bhangra--on this record. No Dhol, no jump up beats. Nor is it the rhythmic marathon of tala matrix.
There's something new being born on this record; it's gonna take a while for this 'modernization' of indian classical tradition to develop, but there's a hell of a lot of promise. keep even more of an eye out for this guy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2003
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I picked up Kale's CD a few months before seeing him perform with Tabla Beat Science at Stern Grove in San Francisco. His performance live outshone his studio effort. To me, "Realize" was full of potential - tracks that seemed like they were going to set out to be incredible and instead ended up being repetetive, lengthy, and not so creative. In this whole "Asian Massive" movement, I wouldn't rank this CD as the one to get. I'd definitely put MIDIval Punditz' self-titled CD and Talvin Singh's "Ha" much higher - nevertheless, Kale is very promising and I've faith that he'll only improve moving forward.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2001
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At first hearing, the obvious comparison to Talvin Singh's recent release, "HA! can be made. Kale weaves both traditional Indian instrumentations, indian vocals, and varying breakbeats. Some of the tracks are very well made, inspired, and otherwise magnificient. Others seem abit contrived almost boring. Personally, I found T. Singh's album more compelling and more cohesive as a whole. Nonetheless, I do not think that this album is "just another asian underground" album. (Moreover I think Cheb i Sabbah embodies the "Orientalism" of Edward Said..ie: he is a poseur who ultimately knows little of the music and the culture. He should stick to spinning Khaled) I have seen Kale perform this album live twice in NYC (at Mutiny and Joe's Pub) and can attest to the fact that it sounds even better live. I think that the fact that this album not merely studio-piece is what makes this album interesting. It is meant to be performed, with a band, live...and not simply thrown in vinyl and waxed all night. Moreover I think Kale is a decent tabla player and a very decent percussionist. This album is not necessarily "groundbreaking" as Nitin Sawhney or Trilok Gurtu or for that matter Talvin Singh's works have been, but it certainly a "must have" for those who appreciate Asian Electronica/Asian Massive/Asian-inspired electronic breakbeat dub fusion/(or whatever you want to call it...just don't call it techno)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2003
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One of the best Asian Massive artists in the quickly expanding pool, Karsh Kale can beat it with the best. Featured highly on a multitude of Bill Laswell productions, this is album time to shine.
From slow, disjointed, unnerving songs, to lush and beautiful testaments to the power of the palms, there's enough change and difference between tracks to keep you perennially interested. If it's one thing I can't stand, it's being bored and zoning out to un-dynamic music. The varied vocals, instruments, and languages are worthy of a multitude of replaying.
Best Songs: Anja, Satellite, Fabric, Home, Saajana. These are mostly vocal tracks, some in English, that make up the best hits. If you're new to the groove, pick up this cd as a primer.And even if you're an old hand, it's a new beat to harken to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2003
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Karsh Kale's music makes the soul feel like India.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2003
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After hearing Karsh Kale perform live @ the rosebowl, opening for Paul Oakenfold, I bought the record, and continue to be amazed by his beautiful, oriental style. A truly amazing album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I always keep the CD in my car and play it frequently. The music is just captivating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2009
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I bought this based on a sample track (one Step beyond) in the MS Windows public music folder and I am pleased that I did. If you have a music system that can reproduce the sub bass tracks on this album all the better (especially Distance and one step beyond). Since I have listened to it I am finding that some of the other tracks are growing on me, particularly Light up the love. This Album is a great addtion to any music collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2003
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I love this CD. My favorite song is the first one..."Empty Hands"
All the songs are smooth as silk. Very beautiful.
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on March 17, 2009
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Karsh Kale's "Realize" is a seminal album of the Asian Underground music movement. Kale began with Tabla Beat Science, eventually becoming a solo artist in his own right. This is his debut album from 2001. It's eight years old,and still revolutionary.

"Empty Hands","Distance" and "One Step Beyond" are otherworldly. "Satellite" has the vocals of Ethiopian diva Gigi. "Light Up the Love" and "Conception" are Kale's musical dedications to the recent birth of his daughter. "Anja" is dedicated to his wife. The music evokes an Indian Brian Eno. If Brian Eno's Prophecy and Ascent/An Ending cause chills to up your spine, Realize that Kale's music would be right for you!
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