Album Review

Chaurasia, Hariprasad – “Maestro of The Indian Flute ” – [Times Square Records]

Jawbone   12/16/2007   CD, International

Hariprasad Chaurasia (Ha-RIP-ra-sod Char-AYSH-ya) is a master of the bansuri, or North Indian bamboo flute. His predecessor, Pannalal Ghosh raised the instrument from the folk level to the classical repertoire. Chaurasia perfected the performance of the instrument in the classical realm, then began to explore outward, encompassing other genres. Eventually, he settled back into the tradition of Indian classical raga form.

This collection spans the years 1967-1995 and includes both traditional and nontraditional works. The first disc includes the ???Innovations??? or explorations into other genres and features some western instrumentation, like guitar. Track 2 includes guitar and some sort of bass-like instrument, and is the only track that sounds a little cheesy for my taste. The other tracks of the two discs are all excellent. Disc two contains all ???Traditional??? or classical pieces. It???s great to hear an instrument not familiarly heard in Indian music. And it???s played with such dexterity and finesse. Chaurasia truly is a phenomenal musician and he knows when to take a back seat and let other musicians shine, too. A great collection, with tracks running from 5 to 30 minutes.


you heard it 23 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 152 days ago, Good Karma played B2. Raga Mishra Pilu in Addha taal
  • 378 days ago, Merk played B2. Raga Mishra Pilu in Addha taal
  • 1636 days ago, Kato played A5. Dhun Sindhi Bhairavin
  • 1680 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played A3. Exuberance: based on Raga Shivranjani
  • 4039 days ago, Sir Cumference played A1. Raga Pahadi
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