Friday, April 27, 2012
The Living Room Sessions Part 1 (East Meets West)
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 stylesâ€”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.