Album Review

Shankar, Ravi – “West Meets East (Menuhin) ” – [Angel Records]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   CD, International

Selections from 3 historic lp (’66,’67,’76)
journeys for Yehudi Menuhin to the sonic
palaces of Ravi Shankar. Menuhin channels
some Karnatic connection. Every ornate flight
of sitar fancy, is shadowed on the violin.
The drone of tamboura nourishes consciousness
like nothing else, and then synapses are
just ignited by this mathemusical tag between
the two masters. Stunning symmetry and speed.
The sensual blur bend of the sitar notes
is also totally stimulating. I’m convinced
there’s a mystic connection here between the
exhalation of the listener, and paradoxically
exhilirating relaxation these pieces(peaces?)
produces. Picture-prana-perfection.

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