Saturday, October 31, 2009
Taj MAHAL - Mumtaz Mahal 1995
In 1992, producer Kavichandran Alexander recorded California bottleneck guitarist Ry Cooder and North Indian classical musician Bhatt in a Santa Barbara church, and the resulting A Meeting by the River won a 1994 Grammy. Here, Alexander returns to the church with Bhatt and Cooder's old bandmate, Taj Mahal, a blues musician who named himself after the most famous mausoleum in India. Bhatt, a Ravi Shankar student, plays the mohan vina, an instrument he invented to combine the timbre of the arched-top American jazz guitar with the sympathetic strings of the Indian sitar. Ravikiran plays the chitra vina, perhaps the world's oldest slide instrument; Mahal plays National steel guitar and adds moaning scat vocals. With their sliding pitches, all three instruments find the notes between the notes of traditional Western scales, and the three players find a common ground in the religious/sexual cries that skid through scales.
By Geoffrey Himes.
Taj Mahal- Vocal and Guitar
Narasimhan- Ravikian-Chitra Veena
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt- Mohan Veena
01. Coming of the Mandinka (Taj Mahal) 5:14
02. Come On in My Kitchen (Robert Johnson) 11:31
03. Rolling on the Sea (Taj Mahal) 5:01
04. Mary Don't You Weep (Traditional/arr. Taj Mahal) 6:43
05. Stand by Me (Jerry Lieber) 7:02
06. Johhny Too Bad (Trevor Wilson) 5:47
07. Curry and Quartertones (Taj Mahal/Narisimhan Ravikian/V.M. Bhatt) 2:46