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Genres: Jazz, Pop
Mystic Hindu Sitar Meditative Jazz Rock by Vasant Rai (Sarod, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Swarpeti and Tamboura) with Backing from Oregon's Colin Walcott, Glen Moore and Paul Mcandless. Features Two Complete Albums from 1976 ('s... more »
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Mystic Hindu Sitar Meditative Jazz Rock by Vasant Rai (Sarod, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Swarpeti and Tamboura) with Backing from Oregon's Colin Walcott, Glen Moore and Paul Mcandless. Features Two Complete Albums from 1976 ('spring Flowers') and 1978 ('autumn Song').
Lost Treasures Return
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel | Oakland, CA USA | 07/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In miniature format of the original Vanguard vinyl albums, including cardboard and a record sleeve, this collection of beautiful, lyrical works are special treasures, particularly Autumn Song because of the superb support of Walcott, Moore, and McCandless of Oregon, among others. Few recordings of Vasant Rai were made because of his early death. He had a strong sense of melody, and his sarod playing was refined, smooth, and confident. Rai also played flute and guitar on these sessions. Whereas Spring Flowers (1976) is more tentative and jam-like, Autumn Song (1978) was more like a polished gathering of dhuns, light classical or folk tunes; it was a successful pioneering work of fusion by recognized artists well versed in each other's musical idiom. Joy and peace are conveyed in these now historic recordings."
andrew jones | los angles | 01/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vasant Rai has a very natural sense of melody and a strong background in Indian Classical Music. The sarode was his main instrument which he learned from his guru Ustad Allaudin Khan. Vasant Rai is probably the most talented of all Allaudin Khans students, he passed away at a tender age of forty two years in 1985. sadly we do not have many recordings of him to cherish. Yehudi Menuin quoted Vasant Rai as the most melodic Indian musician."
Bashir Adam | washington | 10/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this album you get the rare opportunity to hear the greatest Indian musician Pandit Vasant Rai. Vasant Rai along with Allaudin Khan (Vasant was the last diciple of Allaudin) was definately the greatest sarode player to live.
Vasant Rai passed away in his early forties hence we dont have many recordings whereas Ali Akbar is in his eighties and is still recording, has many more recordings. Vasant rai spent most of his life in the Greenwich Village area of New York City in the late sixties throughout the seventies to the early eighties. He passed on on March 8 1985.
Yehudi Menunin,Collin Walcot,George Harrison,Herbie Mann,and Ravi Shankar are avid listners of Vasant Rai.
I highly reccomend this album to all. I gurantee You'll listen to it every evening."