Good album but took time to like it as a whole
T. orbach | 10/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i heard song #2 "Prancing" on Walcotts compilation called "Works" and i loved it so much i had to get this album, But in 94 it wasnt availible in the USA (took 6 months to get it from Japan). Was it worth it? yes
At first i was sad that the whole album wasnt the same fast and minimal Drum and Bass groove I was expecting (like prancing), but later i started really enjoying the Gateway trios work mixed with Walcotts Eastern percussion/sitar. Sadly Collin died in 84 and how i wish his work could have continued.
i recomend this album over the others for its groove. I tried Codona, it was not to my liking at all. Its the combo of Gateways groove (Dejohnette, Holland and Abercrombie) and walcotts eastern contribution that made this album so amazing to me. You should probably check out the "Gateway" albums if you end up loving this album"
A Hidden Gem
Dawoud Kringle | New York City | 02/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Collin Walcott never got the respect he deserved.
In the world of sitar, there is a prejudice concerning non-classical sitar. Now, the reader will note that none of what I am about to say is in derogation against classical sitar! Far from it; I both respect and love classical raga on any instrument, especially my beloved sitar. Having said that, I believe the sitar is capable of music outside the parameters of raga which is just as artistically - and I dare say spiritually - valid. Needless to say, this idea has met with some considerable resistance among purists.
Collin Walcott was a true pioneer in that he envisioned the "occidental" potential within the sitar. Before him, the use of sitar in a context of extended harmony (one of western civilization's main contributions to music) was unheard of, and believed to be impossible. Yet he did it, and in the process produced some truly beautiful and moving music. This is nothing short of genius.
It is probable that Walcott's ideas will release in the unfolding of the music of the future a creative impulse and musical paradigm that may take decades to be accepted. Perhaps longer; hopefully sooner. In any case, the legacy of this man's work should be remembered, honored, and most importantly, built upon."