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|Ry Cooder & Vishnu Bhatt|
A Meeting by the River
Genres: Blues, World Music, New Age, Pop, Rock
Ry Cooder has long had an interest in other people's music, from the blues and gospel of black America through classic jazz and the music of Cuba. Even by this standard, his meeting with Mohan Vishwa Bhatt is certainly a d... more »
Ry Cooder has long had an interest in other people's music, from the blues and gospel of black America through classic jazz and the music of Cuba. Even by this standard, his meeting with Mohan Vishwa Bhatt is certainly a departure. He is neither a serious student of Indian music nor in any way a master of its intricacies. Yet on his improvised session (this album was recorded without rehearsal in one evening), he and Bhatt truly collided musically and created moments worthy of the world-music Grammy they received for it. Bhatt is an iconoclastic character himself. He plays a modified box he calls the mohan vina that is a hybrid of a classical Indian instrument and slide guitar. He is long trained in the arduous classical style, yet his work has always demanded a lot of freedom. His duets here with Cooder are completely unique, liberating both artists from the usual constraints and creating a new musical style that is unlikely to be repeated or imitated. --Louis Gibson
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Gary Reiner | Sacramento, CA USA | 03/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A Meeting by the River (1993) is outstanding. On this Water Lily Acoustics CD, Ry Cooder playing slide guitar joins Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who plays his mohanvina (a customized slide guitar). Together this duo presents a solid instrumental outing with each of them having ample time to showcase their talents. I rate this as the number 2 Water Lily Acoustics "East meets West" production, with Bourbon & Rosewater featuring Jerry Douglas on dobro as the number 1 overall Water Lily Acoustics outing."