Monday, 24 August 2009

Ravi Harris & The Prophets “Funky Sitar Man”

Ravi Harris & The Prophets

“Funky Sitar Man”
( LP BBE Records, 1997 )
Catalog # BBE LP 002

A1 – Path Of The Blazing Sarong
A2 – Gimme Some More / Hot Pants Medley
A3 – Soul Makossa
A4 – I Dream Of Gina
A5 – Ravi’s Thing
A6 – Cissy Strut
B1 – Look A Py Py
B2 – Lost Dragon Of The Sahara
B3 – Pass The Peas / Sex Machine Medley
B4 – Funky Sitar Man
B5 – Same Beat
B6 – Escapism

Personnel & Credits:
Bass – Edgar Lopez
Drums – Toby Bailey
Keyboards – Gina Harris
Mixed By – Gabriel Roth, Mike Wagner, Phillip Lehman
Percussion – Fernando ‘Boogaloo’ Velez
Sitar, Guitar – Bill ‘Ravi’ Harris

Bill “Ravi” Harris is the funky sitar man. Ravi Harris & the Prophets play James Brown/Meters-inspired funk with a difference: The main voice on these instrumentals is sitar. It might be viewed as a gimmick if it didn’t work so well. Harris is never going to make it as a performer of Indian classical music; he hasn’t got the chops for that, but his playing on this album is as good as it needs to be (let’s face it, Indian classical and instrumental funk require decidedly different skills). Solid bass, syncopated drums, chicken-scratch guitar, and economical organ fills form the backdrop, and the funky sitar rides at the front. They cover both James Brown and the Meters, which are interesting, but the originals are where it’s at. This has got to be the greatest album of sitar funk ever (not that there’s much competition). Funky Sitar Man is lots of fun, and recommended to fans of late-’60s style funk with open ears.
By Sean Westergaard (AMG)

By Celo

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Beppe Starnazza said...



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