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Monterey International Pop Fest
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
On the best international-music albums you can practically hear the sound of minds opening and of cultural barriers falling; this is one of those recordings. Ravi Shankar (sitar), Alla Rakha (tabla), and Kamala (tamboura) ... more »
On the best international-music albums you can practically hear the sound of minds opening and of cultural barriers falling; this is one of those recordings. Ravi Shankar (sitar), Alla Rakha (tabla), and Kamala (tamboura) rise admirably to the challenge of presenting essentially classical music to a pop-music crowd. The concert starts with the afternoon raga "Bhimpalasi." Shankar's technique manages to be dazzling without losing an iota of subtlety. He masterfully plumbs sorrowful depths, then rockets upward with flashes of bright exuberance. Rakha takes center stage on the next track, a wonderfully agile and flutteringly rapid solo tabla piece. The group closes the set with an invigorating, light melody from northern India. Though relatively short by CD standards, Monterey features two Indian master musicians at the heights of their considerable powers. It should not be missed. --Jeff Grubb
Indian music and Shankar breakthrough into the United States
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This legendary recording was originally issued by Liberty/World Pacific records in late 1967. This was the concert that first introduced sitar pioneer Ravi Shankar and Indian music to the western world and to the mass pop culture of the 1960s in the United States. It established Ravi's concert style of an elaborate Raga, followed by a tabla solo and concluding with a lively dhun. The raga presented here is perhaps one of the finest sitar solos ever recorded and is a good example of Pandit Shankar at the height of his early career."