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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ravi Shankar

The Living Room Sessions Part 1 (East Meets West)

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Ravi Shankar was 91 when he made these recordings in his California home last fall, and while I don't pretend intimate knowledge of the intricacies of the sitar, to my ears the master hasn't lost his touch. Recorded with tabla player Tanmoy Bose, a longtime collaborator, Living Room Sessions finds Shankar in a spontaneous mood, moving lightly across his own compositions in a variety of classical Hindi styles—among them, a tribute to his friend, the late Indian filmmaker Satjyajit Ray. The CD's title intimates that there is more to come from his four-days of home recording.