Thursday, November 13, 2008
Raga a good bargain
A reader wrote to say the Modern Jazz Quartet, who featured here this week, does not fall within their concept of classical music. I cannot resist a challenge like that, so here is another recommendation for raga a good bargain. Ravi Shankar made his recordings of Raga Nata Bhairav and Raga Mishra Piloo in the year which was both an Anuus mirabilis and Annus horribilis, 1968. For the sessions the legendary sitar player was joined by Alla Rakha Khan, tabla, and Kamala Chakvravarty, tamboura.
Now here is the good news. The morning and evening ragas are available as budget reissues. I actually bought my copy online for £2.99 ($4.43US) delivered. That particular deal is now off the table (tabla?), but there are some good prices elsewhere. And the money kind of flows the right way. The re-isssue is from the copyright owners Angel Records, as part of their Ravi Shankar Collection. But the original recording was made World Pacific Records label prior to their purchase by EMI in 1979 as part of the United Artists package. If you buy it you may, at least, help my pension prospects.
Alla Rakha and Kamala Chakvravarty also played with Ravi Shankar at the legendary 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. There is some atmospheric YouTube footage from Monterey below of the Shankar set, like the MJQ you are either going to love it or hate it. (The set is also available on CD as part of the Ravi Shankar Collection.) You do actually get to see the musicians after seven minutes of the ten minute clip. It was a few years later that Ravi's fans had problem with Eastern tunings.
Does Ravi Shankar's collabaration with world music champion Philip Glass fall within the concept of classical music?
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