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Arun Ghosh is a British-Asian clarinettist and composer.

Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and now living in London,
Ghosh's musical vocabulary and vision reflects his rich geographical heritage.

Using the spirit and language of jazz, with the sounds and styles of hip-hop, Indian classical and folk, western classical, rock, pop and avant-garde, ... Read more in Amazon's Arun Ghosh Store

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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Camoci Records
  • ASIN: B001BNF8H0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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BBC Review

Arun Ghosh has arrived, seemingly from obscurity, with this winning debut disc. His background flies from Calcutta to London, with some Bolton and Manchester experiences in-between. But rather than being a Nitin Sawhney successor, Ghosh is closer in feel to Gilad Atzmon in the way he chooses elements from his heritage culture and then pushes them through a jazz vortex. He gives equal attention to clarinet and piano, playing both simultaneously, for most of the time. If 'spiritual' jazz does indeed exist, then maybe Ghosh can float inside its realms. His is a calmer evocation, more along the lines of Alice Coltrane or Pharoah Sanders (the latter when in a more inward state). The core combo is augmented by Aref Durvesh (dholak and bayan drums), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone) and, most frequently, Idris Rahman (tenor saxophone).

The opening Aurora track is set to appear on Gilles Peterson's next Brownswood Bubblers compilation, so a target audience is already in place. Even so, this album will have strong appeal in the mainline jazz and global camps too. Ghosh's compositions are imbued with a sense of exoticism, but no strict geographical source. His very vocal clarinet escalations have roots in a streamlined version of the shehnai reed-flute tradition, though Arun is probably just as likely to be influenced by Don Byron. The first four pieces are enjoyable enough, but something spectacular happens from the fifth track onwards. Uterine sees Ghosh ascending on a steady curve, his clarinet underpinned by Rahman's tenor. A slurred Orientalism takes over Longsight Lagoon, a slogging procession towards the sweeping Come Closer, Ghosh continuing his dance. Then, clarinet and piano are highlighted against sparse percussion and vibraphone, before a morose bass-key flourish introduces the driving finale of Greenhouse, decorated with slapping and wobbling drumheads. We're on the edges of klezmer here, oddly enough. This entire second-half run has a sustained momentum that lends the listening experience a cumulative power. Ghosh is gently intense, quietly screaming. --Martin Longley

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Razor-sharp playing and melodic invention mark out this debut from Midlands-based clarinettist Ghosh. From the bright opening track 'Aurora', this is Indo-jazz fusion with a kick.

Ghosh has assembled a fine ensemble of UK-based players including Soothsayer's saxman Idris Rahman, percussionist Aref
Durvesh and sitarist Jonathan Mayer (son of original Indo-jazz godfather
John Mayer). 'Longsight Lagoon' and 'Greenhouse' have a hard-edged, funky swagger, while the poignant 'Where Shall I Live Now' and a beautiful arrangement of the poet Tagore's 'O Amar Desher Mati' showcase Ghosh's reflective side.

This is a fully-rounded and impeccably performed release one of the best of the year so far. --Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser website

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Naylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
In my opinion,quite simply the best indo-jazz fusion album around.Having listened to recent albums by The Teak project,Miles from India,Mukta, Indian Core and many more - this is the album that really tops them all. Led by clarinetist himself Arun Ghosh, he has created an album of creative,spiritual and very beautiful music.Using fourteen different musicians in many different lineups is, i feel, one of the albums strengths because every tune has a completely different feel to it."O amar..." and "Come closer" are quite serene and beautiful with the latter having a fantastic string backing with a gentle funky/Indo groove laid over the top."Aurora" and "Longsight Lagoon" are different prospects altogether with a more traditional Indian feel to them but the passionate solos from Ghosh himself and Idris Rahman on tenor sax give the music a creative jazz element."Uterine" is very spiritual with the simple but dominant base riff ,Ghosh's mystical sounding clarinet weaving it's magic and added depth from Rahman's saxophone making this possibly the pick of the album.Ghosh and rahman combine superbly again for the final track "Greenhouse" which i could best describe as a funky middle eastern flavoured piece.There are too many high points to mention in one review so the best way is to check it out yourself.Quite simply a stunning debut album and for all those fans of Indo/jazz, from Mayer and Harriott, through McClaughlin and Shakti, right up to the present day with the Teak project, this album is, quite simply the BEST.Buy now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Half a loaf of Tao on 14 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I went to see Ghosh perform Live at the London Jazz Festival a few weeks ago. Needless to say, his live performance ranks higher than the recorded format, particularly since he had some different instruments accompanying him. His performance inspired me to get the album, and I'm glad I did.

Because it's Jazz the music flows ok from one track to the next. My favourite tracks are Bondhu, Deshkar and Uterine - lots of repeat listening value here. Aurora and Greenhouse are good. The remaining tracks aren't as interesting although still worth listening to.

Overall this a good buy. And I recommend going to see him live if you can.
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By Another Karen on 29 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a real gem. Sometimes moody and melancholic (track 2: o amar desher mati) at other times light and uplifting (track 1: aurora). I find something new and astonishing with every listen (and I've listened lots!).
I hadn't heard of Arun Ghosh until I heard a track from this CD on late night radio. I recognised the sound, the superb musicianship, and the beguiling Indian touches, as I was already familiar with the wonderful clarinet player Idris Rahman whom I have seen with his sister Zoe a couple of times. And here he is again, on Arun Ghosh's Northern Namaste. These young British/Indian musicians are really worth keeping an eye on - great stuff. More please!
(... and, coming from Manchester, how could I resist a track titled Longsight Lagoon?)
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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm listening to this album right now and its very fine. The only reason I'm giving it 4 instead of 5 is that the album, though beautifully produced, does not capture the incredible fire of Arun's live improvisations. I saw him live a couple of weeks back and we were treated to a gob-smacking feast of clarinet virtuosity and invention. Also his percussionist, Rastko Rasic, had everyone's jaws droppping off. So yeah, if Indo-Jazz fusion is your thing buy the album, get to see him live and lets hope that on his next release he's allowed to show you what he's really capable of.
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One of my all time favourite albums, this gets played again and again. Arun is brilliant live as well, an all round nice bloke and supremely talented.
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