[94] Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ry Cooder – A Meeting By The River

23 Jan

More even than Back In Black or Spiritual Unity, A Meeting By The River is the most perfectly titled recording to date.

A Meeting By The River

A Meeting By The River

This is a meeting on so many levels – a meeting of minds, of cultures, of musical traditions and styles.  Leave your preconceptions at the door.

It is not strictly Indian raga – it is never truly circular – and has only the barest hint of the blues.  It is meandering and contemplative and utterly its own animal.

Legend has it that these four tracks, led by Cooder on blues guitar and Bhatt on an 8-stringed instrument of his own creation, were captured in a single take with essentially no rehearsal.

They just sat down, turned on the mics, and played.

Based on just the lively spontaneity, I have no reason to believe this is not the truth.  Every moment is fresh and true, surprising and accomplished.

But based on the lack of planning and practice, the precision and complex interaction between the performers appears superhuman.  That music this intricate is essentially improvised is simply staggering.

Meeting . . . needs the right listening environment.  Playing it at work loud enough to appreciate bothered my coworkers, and it didn’t fare well over dinner at home.

In bed though, over headphones, focusing on every bend and slide, every detour, every idea and response, the sounds by the river are close to perfection.

Next Week:  Asha Bhosle – A Rough Guide To Asha Bhosle

Owned before blogging? No. (9 of 94 = 10%)
Heard before blogging? No. (14 of 94 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (76 of 94 = 81%)

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2 Responses to “[94] Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ry Cooder – A Meeting By The River”

  1. Phil Sheldon (@tspaceclub) January 30, 2015 at 10:08 AM #

    I really like this album, it took me a few listens, as I went from really liking it, to finding it quite repetitive and then coming back round to enjoying it again after several listens. This is definitely on my ‘chill out’ list now! 🙂

  2. Joe Gola January 30, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

    This is some hot stuff! May have to be a purchase.

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