Ronu Majumdar, Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell, Abhijit Banerjee – Hollow Bamboo (2000)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:53 minutes | Scans included | 1,79 GB
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Ronu is an outstanding flutist of the Hindustani tradition who has previously been featured on recordings with Jon Hassell, Simon Shaheen & Bela Fleck. “Hollow Bamboo”, a collaboration with Ry Cooder on electric guitar & Turkish oud & Jon Hassell on trumpet, is a mesmerizing blend of Indian folk melodies & electric genre defying compositions.
The world music bin at the record store is a depository for all non-Western sounding musics. From field recordings of Australian aborigines spinning bull-roarers in a ritual context to studio-produced fusion musics that use an occasional tabla sample for the sake of added exoticism, the world music category catches them all. On Hollow Bamboo, celebrated bansuri player Ronu Majumdar tunes into a few of the different bandwidths offered within the world music spectrum. With half of the tracks he grounds his playing in traditional Hindustani works. Accompanied by the penetrating tabla playing of Abhijit Banerjee on most of these cuts, Majumdar whips up stunning melodic gusts that swirl in and out of time with the tabla. The other four tracks are experimental collaborations with trumpeter Jon Hassell, guitarists Rick Cox and Ry Cooder, and percussionist Joachim Cooder. “A Day for Trade Winds,” a song formed upon richly textured guitar drones, is the most successful of these four fusion tracks because guitarists Cox and Cooder lay back and let Majumdar develop subtle, yet sophisticated, melodies. “African Queen” is a less successful hybrid, due in part to the fact that Joachim Cooder’s hand drumming drowns out the superior playing of Banerjee. Whatever the contributions of his collaborators may be, Ronu Majumdar’s sensitive performance on the hollow, bamboo bansuri makes this album a great listen, no matter what end of the world music spectrum you’re coming from.
01. Vaisnava Bhajan
02. Krsna Kantha Kandam
03. African Queen
04. The Charmer Of Braj
05. A Day For Trade Winds
06. Bay Of Bengal
07. River Song
08. Hollow Bamboo
Ronu Majumdar – bansuri flute
Ry Cooder – guitar, oud
Rick Cox – electric guitar
Jon Hassell – trumpet-
Abhijit Banerjee – tabla
Joachim Cooder – percussion
Recorded at Christ The King Chapel, Santa Barbara, California in October 1997.
Recorded straight to 1-inch analogue tape on a custom-built, all-triode tube recording chain.
Mastered direct to DSD on a Sonoma system by Chris Rice & Authored by Gus Skinas.