After living with 'A South Asian Suite' for many happy listens, what a surprise this was. Having enjoyed that album, this is just stunning jazz of top order, and very different to said album. Arun has not just grown balls, but what a way to express it. From the opening bars, one can do nothing but leave this guy to do his thing. The playing throughput puts you on the back foot with envy of his abilities. Clarinet playing is hard at the best of times, but listen to Lcarus and just wait for the high notes and wonder, how brilliant he is, beautiful transcription.
Asian Suite gave no hint of this, although it was in a differant style. The brief rest of the track 'Eros', 7th track, draws one into the beautiful playing and complexity of the song structures only to blow you away once again. I have to say that this CD just keeps giving, and does not hold back in any way.
This album manages to do a wonderful thing, not often achieved, when it's over you just wish to hear more, so please get recording, and do it.
It has taken 3 years to arrive but it was well worth the wait ! Arun Ghosh's second album has finally arrived and what an album. This is quite a departure from the 2008 album "Northern Namaste" and although the album covers are similar it is there that the similarities end. By leaving out the piano and the traditional Indian Tabls drums and adding Idris Rahman(tenor sax) and Shabaka Hutchings(Bass Clarinet) this gives the album a much harder sound. The replacement of the Tabla with a traditional drum kit emphasises the re-focusing of his musical values. If you are concerned about the lack of harmonic depth then you need not worry,in fact, you barley notice its absence. The underrated Rahman and Hutchings,although given little solo space, do a magnficent job of filling in the space left by the piano. As well as accompanying Ghosh they also provide the driving force behind these highly melodic tunes. World music influences are still there but not as obvious as with the previous album. This is certainly a more adventurous album and a progressive one too which bodes well for album number three. Any faults ? Yes, its not long enough ! With a 42 minute running time it does leave you thirsty for more. Better though than an album that has outstayed its welcome after sixty or seventy minutes. Forty two minutes of near musical perfection.