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Traces of You

Anoushka Shankar , Norah Jones Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Anoushka returns with another outstanding recording: Traces of You, featuring Norah Jones


Anoushka Shankar was born in London, where she now resides with her husband, director Joe Wright and their son Zubin. By the time she was seven-years old she was also living for extended periods in India and California.
The only artist to be comprehensively trained by her father, Anoushka has been playing and studying the sitar with him since she was nine. At the age of thirteen she made ... Read more in Amazon's Anoushka Shankar Store

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00DEFW998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Traces of You, featuring three new songs with Norah Jones!

After the great success of her DG debut Traveller which spent 6 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboards World Music chart and received a Grammy nomination, Anoushka Shankar returns with another outstanding recording: Traces of You, featuring three new songs with her half-sister, Norah Jones.

Named Best Artist (Songlines Awards 2012) for Traveller its hybridism feels as natural as conversation (The New York Times) sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar has created a strikingly original new album.

Produced by British composer and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, Traces of You features contributions by Anoushkas longtime associates: tabla genius Tanmoy Bose, flutist Ravichandra Kulur, and percussion wizard Pirashanna Thevarajah. Other highlights are a musical exploration of the unique sound of the Hang drum, played by its foremost exponent, Manu Delago.

Traces of You draws on Indian classical ragas, Western classical string arrangements, mid-20th century-style lyrics of extended poetry and modern soundscapes.

Filmmaker Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina, Pride & Prejudice) has filmed a music video for the title track, Traces of You, featuring Anoushka and Norah.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspired Requiem October 24, 2013
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This album was inevitable. The two daughters of Ravi Shankar, both talented in their own fashion, have come together in honor of their late father and produced an extraordinarily fine album of contemporary world fusion tunes with an Indian flavor, thanks to Anoushka Shankar's sweet and precise sitar. Except for one track with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Shankar is the composer. She had the assistance of producer Nitin Sawhney, who was personally responsible for arrangements and electronic programming. Instrumentation is fairly minimal: chiefly the sitar, the piano of Norah Jones and Sawhney, cello, hang ("han", a hollow-sounding, flying saucer-shaped metallophone of nitrited steel played by hand), some percussion (mridangam, ghatam, tabla), tanpura drone, shehnai double reed, bansuri flute, and on one track guitars, ukelele, and glockenspiel, plus electronic programming. Jones sings on three tracks. The music varies from the style of Hindustani dhuns and thumri (light classical and folk melodies) to free jazz (Scandanavian style) to Vedic chant. Some tracks are based on ragas, Shree for "In Jyoti's Name" and Manj Khamaj for "Monsoon". In the notes, Shankar provides comments to each track, reflecting on her father and on Hindu philosophy. Lyrics to Jones' songs and the Vedic prayer are also included. As mentioned by Shankar, Jones' song "Unsaid" is similar to her father's theme music to Satyajit Ray's film Pather Panchali, music that she never heard. [I just compared both and it does raise eyebrows.) This is Anoushka's finest nonclassical album to date. The famous German classical label DGG, which long ago had issued some raga performances by Ravi Shankar, recognized her work as a wonderful, beautiful, and meaningful cross-over album. Ravi would have been proud. 56 minutes.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mesmerizing album. October 22, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
I found some of Anoushka's previous albums to fall short of what I felt was their full potential. This album finally reaches the heights that I had previously hoped her music would reach. Anoushka has always been a phenomenal sitar player, however some of her previous albums had a bit of a cheesy feel to them in their attempts to blend traditional Indian sounds with other genres.

This album is a seamless blend of the enchanting sounds of the sitar, piano, guitar, tabla, and the vocals of Norah Jones. I assume that some adjustments were made to the tuning of the sitar to allow it to blend so phenomenally with the scales and tunings of the western instruments on display. I absolutely recommend this album to anyone with even a passing interest in Indian music or world music. It is incredibly beautiful and soothing to the soul. I cannot wait to hear her next efforts, based on her musical progression thus far.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep and beautiful October 22, 2013
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who has followed Anoushka Shankar's career it seems evident that she has improved with each album. Going from higly talented to one of the planet's greatest musicians.

A strong composer, an excellent sitarist with a beautiful tone and most importantly an artist with a strong vision. Making a near perfect blend of East and West.

On this album she has cooperated with Nitin Sawhney on most tracks. And come up with a nice very diverse musical adventure. Most of the tracks are instrumentals with a few mantras shown in and really making Indian music that should appeal to a wide audience. And a young audience too. Music that is completely contemporary and at the same time made with deep reverence to the tradition.

Maybe the biggest attraction for most listeners is the fact that half-sister Norah Jones lends her husky voice to three of the tracks.

Visionary and accesible world music at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning album! March 17, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I heard about this CD on Echoes with John Diliberto. I'd never heard the sitar used in a "modern" way like this and I had to hear the rest of the album. I am so happy I ordered this! It is so beautiful and relaxing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I like about 1/2 the songs March 11, 2014
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It you like sitar music this CD is ok. I really like about 3 of the songs. Norah Jones vocals are nice, though i wish they had picked different songs. Some of the tracks go too far off into the ionosphere for my taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anoushka does it again March 4, 2014
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Anoushka Shankar has a marvelous talent nurtured by her father's tutelage yet evolved in a way truly her own. This album is experimental in the way Breathing Under Water is (incorporating Western instruments and melodies with traditional ragas) yet far more unified in tone and theme. Half-sister Norah Jones (a very talented artist in her own right) makes several welcome appearances on this album. Her rich and at times smoky voice pairs beautifully with the sitar and accompanying instruments.

This is definitely an album that only improves upon repeated listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shankar Family Musical Union April 14, 2014
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I really enjoyed this collaboration. I love the tonal quality of Nora Jones voice and the delicately controlled virtuosity of Anoushka Shankar.
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Love this CD. The music is absolutely beautiful and a nice selection of songs. What an accomplished artist, the music really does carry you away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Music
I am enjoying this CD; very soothing and relaxing. Good music, good singing. If you like alternative music, you will like this.
Published 5 days ago by Jodi Litchfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet but still amazing
I purchased Shankar's earlier album which is higher energy and influenced by Spanish music or rather reflecting how Spanish music has been influenced by Indian music. Read more
Published 10 days ago by C. Wieneke
5.0 out of 5 stars A great listen
Ravi's daughters are fantastic. Sisters Norah and Anoushka together -- this is a lovely collaboration. Hope they do more together
Published 27 days ago by Sally
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a care for the fusion of South Asian and Western . . .
If you have a care for the fusion of South Asian and Western music, you must follow the work of two of Ravi Shankar's daughters -- Anoushka Shankar and Nora Jones. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dale Ze. Zeretzke
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute.
Heard about this on NPR, and it is one of my favorite albums. A beautiful tribute to Ravi Shankar, and it features Nora Jones. You can't go wrong!
Published 1 month ago by Russell West
5.0 out of 5 stars Celestial.
Just love everything Anoushka does and lovely to have her sister on board on this one. Love all the different genres she is performing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Comments to"Tampa Girl" reviiew
I did write a comment To Tampa Girl 5-star Review with a pseudonym "trini music-lover"
I love this CD as much as I love the works of Anoushka's dad, the Master... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Basharat Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Ravi Shankar left a legacy
Fantastic album... Ravi left a legacy in two beautiful and talented women. The mix of Anoushkas sitar and Noras piano on some of the tracks is amazing...
Published 2 months ago by Bcapollo
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