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Beggars & Saints
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, New Age
Jai Uttal takes another trans-cultural leap with Beggars and Saints. Travelling again along another tributary of the North-Indian fountainhead of World Music fusion, Jai blends street smart funk with the melodies and rhyth... more »
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Jai Uttal takes another trans-cultural leap with Beggars and Saints. Travelling again along another tributary of the North-Indian fountainhead of World Music fusion, Jai blends street smart funk with the melodies and rhythms of the sub-continent. Featuring the Pagan Love Orchestra, Beggars and Saints moves from haunting vocals to trance dance beats and seductive meditations with the
Beggars and Saints is one of dotar player and chant master Jai Uttal's more spiritual albums, reaching deep into his bag of Hindustani devotional lyrics and ragas to create a music saturated in South Asian instrumentation (tabla, harmonium, dunbek) and American pop savvy. Open-minded listeners appreciative of Uttal's authentic passion for both cultures will find the winning card here. While "Be with You" begs for smooth-jazz airplay, tunes like "Gopala" and "Hara Shiva Shankara" show that Uttal's serious about his Asian influences. His life was changed forever while in India, where he studied under the great sarod legend Ali Akbar Khan, and he incorporates his lessons of musical spirituality well here. Uttal's voice has a rootsy, robust tone that's gradually magnetic and tips the scales toward success--along with some infectious, relaxed jams. An interesting and pleasant experiment in South Asian-American music that offers intriguing ends.
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Tachi | Bay Area, CA | 06/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this cd is simply great! i had no idea who jai uttal was until my dad got this cd as a gift, and i couldnt believe i hadn't heard from him before! the music is beautiful and a must for anyone who enjoys far-eastern sounds. most of the songs are sung in sanskrit, hindi and bengali and are accompanied by beautiful melodies. track 3, "be with you" as well as track 10 "conductor" are sung in english. "be with you" is a beautiful song and that song alone may be reason enough for anyone to purchase this cd. track 8, "beggars and saints" is a breath-taking instrumental piece that will not go unnoticed either. this is a great all-around cd as it has more "dancier" tracks as well as more relaxing ones as well. check it out; it won't be a waste of time! :)"
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Linda Johnsen | 09/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jai Uttal's got to be a reincarnation of some Baul singer from North India; he reminds me so much of the fantastic chanters I heard in Uttara Pradesh. But Jai knows how to make this music work for a Western audience. He's a master of both hemispheres, East and West, and creates a musical fusion that's passionate and powerful.
Jai will make your soul sing. He's kirtan at its richest and best."