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Listen also carefully to the rather playful "West Eats Meat", as well as "Tana Maria", "Friar Park", and "Prashanti".
The venerable musician's music will appeal, not only to those already familiar with sitar and Indian music, but to those with a liking for jazz and classical music...actually to anybody who enjoys music at all.
This CD is a pleasant, introspective attempt by the maestro in fusing different idioms in music--vocal and orchestral, eastern and western cadences and fast and slow tempos. that said, I was not inspired by it. Unlike his traditional performances which leave a mark upon you, this is a fleeting moment of enjoyment, and does not reach the depth of a listener's emotion and pathos. The best is the first one, Sandhya Raag, based loosely on Yaman, and is almost universally an Indian composition. Ravi Shankar has attempted, since the 1960's, to bring a seamless fusion of eastern and western musical styles and weave them into a soulful performance. Unfortunately, in my opinion, he has not fully succeeded. All you have to do is listen to the screeching raag rendition of Yehudi Menuhin in their early collaboration. This album, while leaps ahead of that era, still leaves you wondering if there is truly a marriage between different musical styles, or just a passing acquaintance.
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It's a great cd except for the annoying high pitched hiss on Tana Mana. Its on Ravi's vocal track and its almost unbearable. But if your over 30 you probably can't hear it anyway.Published on February 3, 2004
Indian music was for the first time introduced to the western audience by Ravi Shankar.His joint album with Yahudi Menahim also for the first time in modern artistic history... Read morePublished on June 22, 2001