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Jerry
Favourite Recording Jan 02, 2002 01:28 p.m.


I was prompted to post this by listening to a recording I got only about 6 weeks ago that has rapidly become my favourite. It's a concert recoring of Nikhil Banerjee playing Sindhu Khamaj (by the way, does anyone know what Sindhu means?).
He plays this raga so beautifully I am just awe struck listening to it. The vilambit gat that he ekes out over 33 minutes just transports you to another place.
The CD is a twin-pack with a raga from the same concert called Manomanjari (I think this is a raga 'invented' by Nikhil). Manomanjeri I've only played once. It's a strange-sounding thing. Anyone know what thaat it's based on or what is arohana/avarohana is?
Anyway the CD is worth it for Sindhu Khamaj alone. If you haven't heard it, you must. If you have, do you love it too?
Otherwise, what's your favourite recording?
J
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 02, 2002 07:19 p.m.


Have not heard Sindu Khamaj. I have the other version of Manomanjari released by Raga records. It's quite intense and reportedly was Nikhil's favorite of his recordings. He was not fond of recording in general.
Now, funny thing is Ravi Shankar got upset when he heard NB said he invented Manomanjari. Ravi says he was the first to play it in the late 1940's where NB was at his concert......hmmmmmm oh well....email me Jerry and I can scan the scales, etc. for you as it's too hard to list all of it here if you want it.
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 03, 2002 11:01 a.m.


Hey Jerry;
The only recording I have from Nikhil is an original album from 1968 (do they still make albums?)with Kanai Dutta on tabla. Damn shame they're both deceased! But he does a short 10 minute version of a folk tune called Baul, and its my favorite from that album. Going to have to get some more Nikhil music. One album/CD doesn't cut it.
I have two favorites from Ravi, Raga Rasiya released also in 1968, and the Panchamse Ghara Dhun from the 1967 Monterrey Pop live album. Both have a very sweet melody to me, and very light in the thumri style.
Lars has got me into Manilal Nag lately as I had not heard of him before last year. Really like his tone and meend control. From my small collection, I really like Rag Jog. I also like Rag Lalit although its very unusual for a westerner in its structure.
That's all that comes to mind at the moment.
Jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 04, 2002 02:10 a.m.


Hi Russ
I think you couldn't go wrong with some more Nikhil in your collection. I find I even prefer him to Ravi, which is about as high praise as I can give. He tends to play full-length or near full-length ragas (60 or 70 minutes) so he has time to unfold them with freedom. I personally love Sindhu Khamaj and Surdasi Malhar.
I've heard about Manilal Nag too but never heard his playing. I suspect I'd like him a lot. He doesn't seem to have recorded much. What would be your recommendation of the one to get for a first timer?
It's funny how we never really talk about Vilayat Khan. I struggle with him and it seems that maybe others do too. And yet he's revered. Are we missing something?
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 04, 2002 10:31 a.m.


Hey Jerry;
Look on the raga records website. They offer two choices at the moment from Manilal. Both CDs are excellent and they include booklets too. From what I understand Manilal never did like to be recorded just like some don't like their photo taken, so there's not much from him out there. But I guarantee if you like Nikhil Banerjee's style, you'll like Manilal too.
Vilayat Khan? His gharana is unusual in that they don't use the typical styles and ornamentations as do the other schools that are well-known to us. In the west, we are more comfortable with the Senia gharana and all its modern counterparts, producing the masters like Nikhil, Ravi, Manilal, etc. But in India and Pakistan, Vilayat is just as popular as any of the other master sitarists. And of course, his father was a legend in his time, so he will be associated with that as well, being a direct heir of that gharana. So all in all, its just a matter of taste.
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 04, 2002 08:30 p.m.


I had the great privelege of seeing Nikhil in concert in 1982, I think he was the best ever along with Manilal.
I had one Vilayat Khan CD but just kind of sounds like he's at war with the instrument to me. And of course he has kind of a "Miles Davis" attitude in regards to his art, etc. so I'm not much inclined to pay much attention. Maybe a few of you know what I mean. Now keep in mind this is just my opinion and don't want to ruffle anyones feathers......you know the saying about opinions
joey
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 05, 2002 08:56 p.m.


My favorite piece by Nikhil Banerjee is the raga Puriya Kalyan which is available from Raga records. I play a copy of the CD at the store where I work. We have many customers who are of Indian heritage and this particular raga gets many comments on the beautiful playing and the availability of the recording.
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 17, 2002 07:53 p.m.


Hey Jerry.......just got that CD you mentioned, like it a lot. Funny how it's completely different from his other recording of Manomanjari! Wish all these music producers would boost the darn levels of the recordings though!!
jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 18, 2002 02:03 a.m.


Glad you like it Lars. I didn't realise he had another recording of Manomanjari - I'll have to check that out.
I have heard his Puriya Kalyan recording, Joey, but I haven't got it myself yet. Sounds like I need to.
BTW, that reminds me of Raga Puriya Dhaneshri which I have recordings of by Ravi, and Somebody Khan on Naxos's new world label. That's another raga where the scale sounds so strange to me that it's almost unmusical. Is it just me? Manomanjeri has the same kind of effect.
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 19, 2002 02:33 p.m.


Jerry, this other recording of Manomanjari is quite different and was Nikhil's favorite one. It is one of those that requires a little more effort from our Western ears but definetely his best technically I think, it's great and worth the money. The Purabi Kalyan is also a good one, well....let's admit it, they're all good!!
mash
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 22, 2002 04:05 a.m.


hi jerry..must buy that cd!!..however my all time favorite is still raaga manj khamaj by nikhil bannerjee..have you heard this..its great..just to let you know..he is my favourite sitarist but i don,t think that he was given the full credit whch he deserved..i was extremely fortunate to listen to him live at the cultural festival of india in london in 1985..as you well know he sadly passed away approx 6 months after that..what a tragic loss for the music world!!
jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 23, 2002 01:29 a.m.


It certainly was a great loss Mash. How great to have seen him. I wish he'd recorded more. Apart from Ravi (and Vilayat Khan I guess), it seems many of the greats don't like to record. That seems a shame to me. I think Ravi is leaving us a great legacy, to be enjoyed long after he's no longer with us. I wish Nikhil Banerjee and others, like Manilal Nag particularly, had followed his lead.
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 23, 2002 11:27 a.m.


Manilal is still out there. His problem these days is keeping his Vishnupur gharana alive. Like Ravi, he is training his daughter to carry on the flame after he's gone, so keep your eye on Mita Nag. I get the feeling she may record more than her father.
mash
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 24, 2002 06:32 a.m.


Ooch lars..that hurts..!!ustadji is one of my idols..you know the Violayat khan style is based on gayaki..ie..vocal..we guys following this tradition try to reproduce the human vocal quality in the sitar..via using meend..But what the hell..it s an opinion and you're entitled to it..no offence caused..

Lars (Jan 04, 2002 08:30 p.m.):
I had the great privelege of seeing Nikhil in concert in 1982, I think he was the best ever along with Manilal.
I had one Vilayat Khan CD but just kind of sounds like he's at war with the instrument to me. And of course he has kind of a "Miles Davis" attitude in regards to his art, etc. so I'm not much inclined to pay much attention. Maybe a few of you know what I mean. Now keep in mind this is just my opinion and don't want to ruffle anyones feathers......you know the saying about opinions
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 24, 2002 10:08 a.m.


Hi mash;
Actually, I have never heard of any gharana that doesn't base its style on gayaki. Vocal is at the heart of all Indian music, and even instrumentalists are required to be able to vocalize the ragas to the best of their abilities. Vilayat's gharana is no exception, one way or the other. Speaking for myself, I just prefer the style of others, thats all.
K.K.
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 24, 2002 06:04 p.m.


Hello All: Hope all is well with everyone. Not having a teacher yet, I'm a little korn-fused as to the "rules" regarding how far one is alowed to go outside or around the original melody of a particular raga. Can anyone recommend two CDs, by different artists, of a raga in tintal that a total beginner (mice elf) could use to study this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Off the subject but...Hey Mash, sorry to hear about your sitar. If the crack is clean where you can squeeze it and it dissapears, I would suggest using a good quality CA (cyanoacrylate) the kind used to build model airplanes and such. I've used this to repair gourds used in making shekeres (an African shaker instrument) with great success. If you're interested, email me for details. - Thanks - K.K.
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 24, 2002 08:08 p.m.


Hi KK, well I'm going to go out on a limb here and invoke the fury of the raga purists! No sitarist will ever play the same raga the same way twice, the gats and some of the structures will be the same but other than that it's improvisation. The countless theories and explanations appeal to some people including me to a point. But listen to Nikhil Banerjee's 2 different recordings of Manomanjari for instance.....COMPLETELY DIFFERENT! You can get them both from Raga.com. I'm of the opinion (now remember my disclaimer on my own opinions) that the one truth bound up in all the rules is that there aren't any. Seriously though, if you read music then you can get a copy of Sitar Techniques in Nibbadh (sp?-means "fixed") forms by Stephen Slawek. He has transcribed "Rasiya" by Ravi Shankar but you'll get lost; or I did, anyway!
The book/cd called "The Raga Guide" is very good, has information on many ragas along with recordings and the catch phrases of each. No sitar on it though, only sarod by Buddaditya Mukerjee who's an excellent player and vocal and bansuri by other artists. It's as close to a study on Ragas as you'll get plus has recordings which books on Raga don't have.
Mash, glad you're not offended!! Vilayat is a better player than I'll ever be, just doesn't appeal to me like Nikhil or Manilal and I would agree with Russ about the vocal being the heart of all Indian music. The goal of the player is to emulate vocal through his playing, which is why the focus on meend technique is/was so prominent with Indian instruments throughout time??
mash
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 25, 2002 02:57 a.m.


Hi K.K....Please give men the details ref crack repair on my sitar..thanks..my email is mash2@btinternet.com..many thanks in advance..and yes it a crack just as you describe it..

K.K. (Jan 24, 2002 06:04 p.m.):
Hello All: Hope all is well with everyone. Not having a teacher yet, I'm a little korn-fused as to the "rules" regarding how far one is alowed to go outside or around the original melody of a particular raga. Can anyone recommend two CDs, by different artists, of a raga in tintal that a total beginner (mice elf) could use to study this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Off the subject but...Hey Mash, sorry to hear about your sitar. If the crack is clean where you can squeeze it and it dissapears, I would suggest using a good quality CA (cyanoacrylate) the kind used to build model airplanes and such. I've used this to repair gourds used in making shekeres (an African shaker instrument) with great success. If you're interested, email me for details. - Thanks - K.K.
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 25, 2002 06:04 p.m.



K.K. (Jan 24, 2002 06:04 p.m.):
Hello All: Hope all is well with everyone. Not having a teacher yet, I'm a little korn-fused as to the "rules" regarding how far one is alowed to go outside or around the original melody of a particular raga. Can anyone recommend two CDs, by different artists, of a raga in tintal that a total beginner (mice elf) could use to study this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Off the subject but...Hey Mash, sorry to hear about your sitar. If the crack is clean where you can squeeze it and it dissapears, I would suggest using a good quality CA (cyanoacrylate) the kind used to build model airplanes and such. I've used this to repair gourds used in making shekeres (an African shaker instrument) with great success. If you're interested, email me for details. - Thanks - K.K.

Hi KK;
If you ever get ahold of any albums (the old vinyl waffles,you know),check out Raga Malkauns by Ravi Shankar on his "Sound of the Sitar" (circa 1966).Then compare that with Nikhil Banerjee's Raga Malkauns on "The Sitar Genius of Nikhil Banerjee"(circa 196. I know Ravi's album is now on CD, but I don't know about Nikhil's. Anyway, you can really compare and contrast the two. Although they're from the same gharana and had the same guru, Ravi and Nikhil play the raga differently, but enough stays the same that you can still tell its Raga Malkauns in both cases.

Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Jan 25, 2002 06:06 p.m.



K.K. (Jan 24, 2002 06:04 p.m.):
Hello All: Hope all is well with everyone. Not having a teacher yet, I'm a little korn-fused as to the "rules" regarding how far one is alowed to go outside or around the original melody of a particular raga. Can anyone recommend two CDs, by different artists, of a raga in tintal that a total beginner (mice elf) could use to study this? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Off the subject but...Hey Mash, sorry to hear about your sitar. If the crack is clean where you can squeeze it and it dissapears, I would suggest using a good quality CA (cyanoacrylate) the kind used to build model airplanes and such. I've used this to repair gourds used in making shekeres (an African shaker instrument) with great success. If you're interested, email me for details. - Thanks - K.K.

Hi KK;
If you ever get ahold of any albums (the old vinyl waffles,you know),check out Raga Malkauns by Ravi Shankar on his "Sound of the Sitar" (circa 1966).Then compare that with Nikhil Banerjee's Raga Malkauns on "The Sitar Genius of Nikhil Banerjee"(circa 196. I know Ravi's album is now on CD, but I don't know about Nikhil's. Anyway, you can really compare and contrast the two. Although they're from the same gharana and had the same guru, Ravi and Nikhil play the raga differently, but enough stays the same that you can still tell its Raga Malkauns in both cases.

jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 09, 2002 01:16 a.m.


Hi all
Not really a 'favourite recording' post, but not worth opening up a new topic for.
I have an unlabelled CD that a friend burned for which purports to be Nikhil Banerjee (which it definitely is) playing Raga Desh (which I'm more dubious about). My Clem Alford book says Desh has all natural notes except for flat ni in descent. This recording clearly has a flattened ga in descent as well. My other recording of Desh (Debu Chaudhuri) doesn't use komal ga.
Can Desh contain Komal Ga? Or is the recording mislabelled?
Cheers.
jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 09, 2002 07:50 a.m.


Oh, and one more thing while I'm here.
Can someone give me the aroha/avaroha for Malkauns? I can't believe old Clem doesn't have it...
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 09, 2002 12:02 p.m.


Malkauns: Sa, (kGA),Ma,(kDha),(kNi),Sa
Descent is the same in reverse.......
As far as Desh, komal Ga is used in some compositions from what I'm reading here in the Raga Guide. Nikhil was so good!...........my favorite musician!

Lars

jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 11, 2002 01:18 a.m.


Thanks Lars
My favo(u)rite musician too. We owe Ravi so much, of course, but Nikhil was so amazingly musical wasn't he? Mind you I haven't heard ManiLal Nag yet and I hear good things...
So Desh can have Kommal or natural Ga, huh? Can the musician just choose? This makes me despair of ever recognising ragas just by hearing them! This recording sounds so different from Debu's, you'd never know it was the same thing. Debu emphasises Ni as if it were the vadi, Nikhil hammers on Re. And he throws in kommal ni so that it sounds more like Kafi thaat. Confused? Not as much as me...
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 11, 2002 01:31 a.m.


From what I know the komal Ga is used 'sometimes' mainly in the upper register. And yes, 2 musicians playing the same raga and it's completely different. So, what does that tell us?? I'll just leave it at that since I don't want to be the anarchist here.......but, pick your Raga and DO YOUR THING.....Man, I love it!!
Manilal is wonderful, we do owe Ravi a lot though but in my own sitar hall of fame it would be Nikhil in first place with Manilal in close 2nd. I also hear Manilal's daughter Mita is due to release a CD soon and I hear she's fantastic as well........how did your class of 9 years olds like the sitar??
jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 12, 2002 01:16 a.m.


I'm going in on Monday (18th) to show them. I'll post a full report.
Cheers
Russ
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 12, 2002 10:46 a.m.


This thread ended back in January, but it still keeps popping up on my 'puter with a current date. Anybody else notice this?
joegee
Re:Favourite Recording Mar 21, 2002 11:22 p.m.


Nikhil Banerjee's duet album w Ali Akbar Khan is also excellent. It features Ragas Manj Khammaj and Misra Mand. Great listening.
neal
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 14, 2002 07:06 p.m.


Rag Kalyani Bilawal by Prof. Debu Chaudhuri. His playing has the feel of a warm summers rain. Soft. Soft. Soft. Part of the Raag even sounds like London Bridge! Hands down, my new fave. Neal
neal
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 14, 2002 08:09 p.m.


Hey all,

Raag Kalyani Bilawal by Prof. Debu Chaudhuri. His playing has the essence of a warm, soft summers rain. Hands down my new fave! Neal

neal
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 14, 2002 08:30 p.m.


Hey All.

Raag Kalyani Bilawal by Prof. Debu Chaudhuri.

His playing has the essence of a warm, soft summers rain.
Hands down my new fave.

Found it on a CD called "Only for you"

neal
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 14, 2002 08:34 p.m.


Sorry for the multiples. This board seems to have a mind of it's own at times.
jerry
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 15, 2002 01:14 a.m.


I agree about Debu Chaudhuri, Neal. I don't have the one you mention, but I have Raga Desh by him. He has a unique sound indeed. It seems to be the result of a tweaked sitar with the characteristic of 'tarafs on speed'. They ring like crazy through the whole range of the instrument. This immediately softens the overall style. Then he plays the chickaris very softly apparently to add ambient drone more than the usual rhythm. And he tunes his sitar in his own way. I don't have it to hand, but I posted his tuning elsewhere on the board a while back. If I remember, his chickaris are tuned CCC.
I wouldn't want him to be the only player I ever heard again, but sometimes that sound is just what you want to listen to.
K.K.
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 15, 2002 02:52 p.m.


Hello All: I was able to find Debu Chaudhuri's Raga Desh CD on several websites, but can't find Kalyani Bilawal. Anyone know who is stocking it? Thanks - K.K.
Lars
Re:Favourite Recording Apr 15, 2002 10:57 p.m.


Hey KK,
Here's a link to that Debu CD:
http://www.khazana.com/et/products/product.asp?squery=music&sku=INMU194&Country=India&Department=Music&strFindSpec=debu+chaudhuri&Next=0&new_target=/et/Products/find.asp
Don't know if it will work, otherwise do a search in music on Debu Chaudhuri at khazana.com
Neal
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 04, 2003 08:13 p.m.


Have to agree with Russ. Rasiya is one on the prettiest rags I have heard (and believe it or not) can play a little at least. Very pretty for western ears looking for a melodious hook.

BTW Russ how does you Teak Mangla sound these days? As I was telling Lars the other day - mine is still pretty dull, dead sounding. No pop to it. Oh well....

Neal

I have two favorites from Ravi, Raga Rasiya released also in 1968, and the Panchamse Ghara Dhun from the 1967 Monterrey Pop live album. Both have a very sweet melody to me, and very light in the thumri style.

AJ
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 04, 2003 08:45 p.m.


Thanks so much!

This thread is like a breath of fresh air!

AJ

K.K.
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 04, 2003 09:28 p.m.


As of late, my favorite recording is Kartik Seshadri's version of Raga Anandi Kalyan, on his Illuminations CD. He does some meends on the low strings, during the alap, that just kill me everytime I listen to it. Ravi also does a very nice version on the In Portrait DVD.
Remco
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 08:59 a.m.


Yeah...the "Only for you"-CD is also played a lot over here. The only bummer is the swarmandal (?) panned to the left, which gets mildly irritating after a while, but the sitarplaying is great!!
But my most played music lately is a MP3 from Shahid Parvez, called Sitar Excellence which I downloaded via Bearshare. It features a great version of (I think) a Thumri in Bhairavi. I've started Bhairavi a couple of weeks ago, and this is really an inspiration!! Does anyone know what the label is? I've searched the net, but found nothing.

Peace,

Remco

Amitava
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 10:08 a.m.



K.K. (Nov 04, 2003 09:28 p.m.):
As of late, my favorite recording is Kartik Seshadri's version of Raga Anandi Kalyan, on his Illuminations CD. He does some meends on the low strings, during the alap, that just kill me everytime I listen to it. Ravi also does a very nice version on the In Portrait DVD.

Raag ia also known as Nand or (rarely) Anandi.

Jaym
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 10:29 a.m.


Love this thread!

Ok, I listen to Debuji's "only for you" alot, it is beautiful. I have been playing the melody of track #4 on the sitar. I dont have the CD case so I do not know what the piece is.....Neal?? Anyone?

I love Nikhil Banerjee's playing so much but lately I am really into Ustad Shahid Parvez and the Etawah Gharana style that was honed and shaped by Ustad Vilayat Khan. I saw Shahid last Saturday and was completely stunned at his technical prowess in all aspects of performance.

This site is great for understanding Ragas/thaats...
http://www.itcsra.org/sra_raga/sra_raga_that/sra_raga_that_index.html

I am learning Raga Rasiya and Yaman Kalyan....can anyone recommend great recordings of these?

Ok, I am done!

K.K.
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 01:02 p.m.



Remco (Nov 05, 2003 08:59 a.m.):
... my most played music lately is a MP3 from Shahid Parvez, called Sitar Excellence ...

Remco


Remco: Shahid is perfoming at a house concert here Sunday and then giving a 3 day workshop next week. I'll see if I can pick up that CD (if he has it) or at least find out the availability.

Remco
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 02:39 p.m.


That's cool....are you going to participate in the workshop?.....that would be awesome to get lessons from Shahid Parvez!!! BTW most of his CD's have an "excellent" theme in their title.....but then most of his CD's are excellent!!!

Peace,

Remco

Jaym
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 03:26 p.m.


KK-Where is 'here'? Be prepared to be blown away! =)
K.K.
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 05, 2003 03:40 p.m.


Remco: Yes I'll be attending the workshops. There's only around 4 or 5 people attending, so it should be quite interesting. I know that at least one person is a beginning Sitar student, so at least I won't be alone.

Jaym: "Here" is L.A.

johnnysitarwhatson
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 06, 2003 07:09 a.m.


L.A. is lucky!

My all time favorite (most of the time) is
a Jugalbandi recording: Bismillah & Vilayet
(T: Samta Prasad), Gurari Tori, Chaiti & Bhairavi thumri. Very fresh and special

johnnysitarwhatson
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 06, 2003 07:10 a.m.


Sorry: Gujari, not Gurari. )(?"$=?0=?"$Password09831missing.
Billy
Re:Favourite Recording Nov 07, 2003 02:17 p.m.


I love topics like this, and have been making a list of recordings to look for. I only have about 30 or so CD's that feature sitar, and a bunch more ICM vocals and other instruments, but my sitar collection definitely needs some ramping up.

Of the CD's I do own, I have some Nikhil Banerjee, Vilayat Khan, Shahid Parvez, Budhaditya Mukherjee (I have to look that name up every time, its hard for me to remember how to spell) a bunch of Ravi and a couple of Anoushka, and several no names (some of which are quite pleasent.) Of these, I think the one sitar CD I listen to the most, and am actually listening to at this moment as I write this, is one I got just a few months ago on eBay, "Lyrical Sitar" by Banerjee, with Raga Nat-Bhairab, Raga Mishra-Khamaj, and "Baul Melody" folk tunes. These are morning ragas, nice and calming, perfect to listen to while I work (I'm a system developer/programmer.)

I carry most of my CD's to work with me in a 48 CD wallet, which I stick in my briefcase and also carry in my car. Occasionally I will switch out CD's; I have a couple of larger cases that each holds a couple of hundred, but I definitely don't want to carry one of them! Anyway, I've never switched out this one CD. I probably play it at least once every day. It is so enjoyable to me, that I sometimes will play it twice in a row!

At an ICM concert a couple months ago, there was a guy selling CD's, and a young lady was asking about the various NB CD's. I turned to her and described "Lyrical Sitar" to her, and she bought it. At another concert a couple weeks later, I ran into her again, and she hugged me and thanked me for the recommendation. I am not that huggable, so I think that says a lot about that CD!!!

Anyway, in my book, its well recommended.


Namaste',
Billy Godfrey
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