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Who's to Know Live, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Egger Innovations Ecm Export
  • ASIN: B0000261KS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi - Shankar/Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman/Zakir Hussain/V. Lakshminarayana
2. Ananda Nadamadum Tillai Sankara - Shankar/Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman/Zakir Hussain/V. Lakshminarayana

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Recorded 1980. Shankar (10-string double violin, tamboura), Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman (mridangam), Zakir Hussain (tabla), V. Lakshminarayana (conductor - tala keeping)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Turley on 21 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This two piece album is absolutely incredible. Anybody who even faintly enjoys Indian classical music and/or superior musicianship should obtain a copy of this album. Some of the most intense and beautiful music I have ever heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TraneSpirit332 on 8 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
What is good in this recording:

Good#1) The accompanying musicians gathered for this session are from the very top: Umayalpuram Sivaraman is possibly the best mridangam player nowadays, and Zakir Hussain is _definitely_ the best in tabla playing, possibly ever.

Good#2) The [double] violin playing from L. Shankar here is the most virtuosic from him that I've ever heard, and possibly most virtuosic from _any_ violinist of these last decades. It must be mentioned that there is also an extremely unbelievable crossing of Indian Classical Music setting with Bach-like broken-chord harmonies [yes: "harmonies"!] in the tAnam-portion of the first piece. However...

...What is not so good in this recording:

Bad#1) The virtuosity of Shankar overshadows the rAgas he's playing, and he's replacing 'gamakas' (ornamentation) with essentially beautiful, but non-Indian sounding ultra-fast lines. He uses "glides", of course, but not to the extent we are used to hearing from, e. g. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman or actually any other South Indian classical violinist (MSG, Kanyakumari, etc.). In addition, there is a strong question whether L. Shankar is playing the right notes in right succession in his virtuosic display concerning the rAgas in question. His brother L. Subramaniam - who is a much more "traditional" and classically controlled player - has also been accused for not playing the rAgas correctly.

Bad#2) The tAnpura, which is played by Shankar himself, is played in a terrible, hasty and non-resonous way. This is a distraction, but of course doesn't manage to greatly spoil the mood of this almost-a-masterwork.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Experiment turned brilliance 24 Dec. 1999
By Hari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Shankar, after master minding the instrument, 'accoustic double violin', which offers the range of whole string orchestra, puts that to business with two classical ragas of South India, Hemavathi and Savithri. An album dedicated to his pal, John McLaughlin, features also the unBEATable brilliance of Zakir Hussain and Umayalpuram Sivaraman on percussion (Tabla and Mridangam respectively). A path breaking success for conceiving a ten stringed instrument to go beyond the constraints of the traditional violin, this album is an ample evidence of Shankar's impeccable improvisational quality and brillance. This simply augurs what more will come from this instrument and Shankar in the future. Worth buying for the sheer of joy of hearing the music!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A remarkable introduction to Indian Classical Music 8 Oct. 1999
By Colin R. Glassey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
L Shankar (not to be confused with Ravi Shankar) is a remarkable musician and "interpreter" of classic southern India music. This was the first real recording of Indian classical music that I heard (it came out on the ECM Jazz label which I love). It struck me then and still does, as music of fire and passion melded with a clarity of purpose. Something about the nature of "control combined with spirit" has been one of the essential characteristics of the appeal which Indian music has for me. I realize there is a large "improvizational" aspect to playing Ragas, but on this recording, hearing it over and over, one gets a very different sense of the music, perhaps not even an intended sense.
I've listened to a fair bit of Indian classical since I picked up this record, but this is still one of favorites (along with Shankar's other great record: Pancha Nadai Pallavi).
If you like other ECM records, you may well like this too. I can see what Manfred Eicher liked about this. Thanks Manfred, and thanks to Shankar for the creation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
All time best for Indian Carnatic music 15 Mar. 2000
By "venky52" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No one has displayed so much improvisations in the ragas as much as Shankar, after buying this i got all of shankar's collections.. shankar plays magic with his double violin. If you are a new person to indian classical music, BINGO a great way to start listening to quality music. Zakir is amazing in the second ragam. Musical feast to the ears! SHANKAR'S BEST ALBUM
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Master of his own Creation 14 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lakshminarayana Sankar, this is the young violinist who made his debut (to the western world) with John McLauglin's "Shakti" group in the mid-seventies. And also the one who stole the limelight (at the jazz poles) from Stephane Grappelli, the undisputed master of the jazz violin.
INDO-JAZZ FUSSION LOVERS HAVE TO GO ELSEWHERE. This is pure South Indian (Carnatic) classical affair at its best. The inclusion of tabla (Zakir Hussain) may be a departure here in the right Carnatic sense. But what an enjoyable departure that is!
The ragam-thanam-pallavi is the masterpiece and so is the sound of his double-neck instrument on both tracks. Given a decent audio system, adjectives like tear-inducing, hairs-on-end, etc., is bound to be overheard. Though a studio recording, Manfred Eicher has done full justice in capturing this acoustic music with the right concert hall ambience. I only wish that this concert lasted longer than it does. Alternately, Mr.Shankar should take more of such outings.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Masterpiece for the keeping 10 July 2004
By vasavadutta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I chanced to hear this CD a few years ago, and I just have to say - this is a classic to behold. Nothing quite compares to it - it is rich, enveloping, intense, and powerful. I was already a fan of Shakti (L shankar dazzled crowds with his near-perfect control of his instrument), but this was the album that *really* introduced the double-violin to me; let's just say it would need someone at Shankar's level to make Ragam Thanam-Pallavi sound the way it does. And as for Rhythm, should one say anything at all ? To many , the name Umayalpuram Sivaraman may not be very familiar, but his Mridangam performances are legendary, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever. Zakir Hussain is stellar, blending seamlessly, almost effortlessly in a rather Carnatic setting... one wishes these performances would happen once, just once, LIVE, and it would lift you to the few untouched heights of indian classic music.
This isn't a CD you would have to think twice about.
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