Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jon Hassell, Ry Cooder, Ronu Majumdar|
Genres: World Music, Pop
When Ry Cooder isn't getting down with the aged Cuban musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club, he's getting serene with Indian flutists and vina players. As he did with the well-known A Meeting by the River with Vishwa Mo... more »
When Ry Cooder isn't getting down with the aged Cuban musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club, he's getting serene with Indian flutists and vina players. As he did with the well-known A Meeting by the River with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Cooder teams up with Indian musicians in open-ended improvisations that are New Age music for people who don't think they like New Age. Melodies ebb and flow, rhythms are gentle tabla beats or floating pulses, structure is often amorphous. Ronu Majumdar is actually the leader on these sessions and he's a formidable player of the bansuri flute, an Indian bamboo instrument that's capable of the most sublime and sensual melodies. Majumdar gets all that. Except when he plays oud on one track, Cooder sticks to electric guitar, gently fingerpicking tremolo-drenched backings to Majumdar's ruminations. The sessions for Hollow Bamboo emerged out of those for Jon Hassell's 1999 album, Fascinoma, and shares that CD's musicians. Hassell plays trumpet on a couple of tracks, his breathy, slurred lines echoing Majumdar's melodies. You won't need incense for this CD. It's wafting right up off the disc. --John Diliberto
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Hollow Bamboo Gives "Solid" Pleasure!
timothy hoffman | clinton, nj USA | 10/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My ears, heart & soul where not prepared for the relaxing pleasure that this disc has given my weary mind! It was total pleasure from the opening notes of the featured bamboo flute, right through to amazing tabla drum textures, silky electric guitar from Ry Cooder, and John Hassell's trumpet You too will feel at one with the Universe after one listen! A QUIET MASTERPIECE-->Ry Cooder has indeed found musical bliss."
Any More Evanescent and It Wouldn't Exist
Jan P. Dennis | Monument, CO USA | 06/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The textures here are so delicate they're sometimes difficult to distinguish. John Hassell's trumpet blends into the filigreed notes of Ronu Majumbar's bansuri flute, a most subtle instrument, while Ry Cooder's guitar lines float somewhere just inside aural invisibility. Does this sound soporific? Not at all. There's some weird kind of ultimacy going on here--the less-is-more principle taken to the max. Though this is Majumbar's session, that (w)ry genius behind Buena Vista Social Club, Talking Timbuktu, and the roots revival has his finger prints all over it."