Monday, 19 October 2009

Shankar ''Song For Everyone''


(ECM, 1985)
Catalog # ECM 1286

Personnel :
Jan Garbarek : Soprano Sax, Tenor Sax
Trilok Gurtu : Percussion
Zakir Hussain : Conga, Tabla
Lakshminarayana Shankar : Synthesizer, Violin, Drum Machine, Double Violin

Tracklisting :
01 Paper Nut
02 I Know
03 Watching You
04 Conversation
05 Song for Everyone
06 Let's Go Home
07 Rest in Peace

Review :
Song for Everyone heralds the return of the groove in Shankar's East-West-minded music, with former Shakti colleague Zakir Hussain on tabla, Trilok Gurtu on percussion, and Shankar's own manipulation of a drum machine tending to the rhythms. The result is a brighter, more outgoing record than its predecessor Vision, veering between Western acoustic and electric grooves and the complex beats churned out by the tabla. Jan Garbarek again shines beams of light on soprano and tenor, engaging Shankar's ten-string double-necked electric violin in some complex interplay on the title track. Some tracks are driven entirely or partially by the drum machine; "Paper Nut" has a particularly infectious revolving pattern. But sometimes Shankar overdoes it; the lengthy "Watching You" has an overly mechanized feeling that can be either mesmerizing or infuriating, depending upon your mood. On another track, "I Know," the Western percussion is gradually swallowed up by the Indian tabla. Fascinating, free-thinking music, beautifully recorded as usual by ECM.
By Richard S. Ginell [AMG]

By Rob

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