MILES FROM INDIA - PARIS 2009

January 3, 2010 – 4:30 am

INDIAN MANDOLIN PLAYER U SRINIVAS R.I.P. 1969-2014

U Srinivas, an Indian mandolin player and composer of the Carnatic musical tradition of Southern India, and who toured across the world, and collaborated with John McLaughlin, Michael Nyman, and Michael Brook, has died at the age of 45. Srinivas had undergone a liver transplant and was recovering when complications arose, and he died on September 19, due to liver failure at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. A child prodigy, he made his debut in 1978, and came to be popularly known as Mandolin Srinivas. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 by Government of India, and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2009. Over the years, Srinivas recorded over 40 albums, in diverse genre from Carnatic music solos to jugalbandis with Hindustani musicians, to world music. He performed with Western artists such as John McLaughlin, Michael Brook, Trey Gunn, Nigel Kennedy, Nana Vasconcelos, and Michael Nyman. In 1996, he appeared once on my Music Library (ML #204) with the track “Run,” with Michael Brook. - Various Sources

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MILES FROM INDIA
Paris 2009 [no label, 2CD]

Salle des concerts, Cité de la Musique, Paris, France, November 2, 2009. Very good FM broadcast.

It was great the first time round when 16 Indian virtuosos collaborated with 18 western jazz players for the double disc, Miles From India, when it was released in 2008. So if you’re wondering if this stripped-down band with 13 members can replicate the thrill, then wonder no more. The music still floats with ethereal beauty. In fact, this IS the large-band version considering that most of the players sat out during the studio sessions.

Just listen to young Indian mandolin player V Shrinivas and his treatment of In A Silent Way. With both Nicholas Payton (trumpet) and Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax) playing around him, the spaced-out jam clocks in at over 19 minutes. VK Raman’s flute blowout towards the end is sheer bliss. The recorded version only features an intro of under three minutes so this alone makes this gig worth checking out.

It’s sad to miss out hearing Indian jazz godfather, Louis Banks (who co-arranged the studio sessions), or the brilliant Indian violinist, Kala Ramnath, who both made the studio set so memorable. But it’s good enough that we get Miles’ veterans such as drummer Ndugu Chancler or tabla player Badal Roy (who both played with Miles in 1971 and 1972 respectively).

Even So What is expanded to three times the studio length and for those of us who dig the timelessness of Indian music, there’s never a dull moment. Up till the ninth minute, the keyboard players - John Beasley and Adam Holzman - dominate, then the drummers take over - both Western and Indian alike - and bring out the complex interplay of colours and beats. Miles would have been proud of this group. - Philip Cheah

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Disc 1
Track 01. All Blues 11:46 (16.1MB)
Track 02. Intro 1:12 (1.6MB)
Track 03. In a Silent Way 19:49 (27.8MB)
Track 04. So What 22:58 (32.3MB)
Track 05. Blue in Green 12:53 (18.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 06. Ife 6:43 (9.2MB)
Track 07. Jean-Pierre 7:27 (10.2MB)
Track 08. Encore 1:37 (2.2MB)
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Track 09. Miles Runs the Voodoo Down 7:58 (10.9MB)

Lineup:
Nicholas Payton (trumpet)
Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax)
John Beasley (keyboards)
Adam Holzman (keyboards)
Darryl Jones (electric bass)
Ndugu Chancler (drums)
Vince Wilburn (drums)
U. Shrinivas (mandolin)
V. Selvaganesh (khanjira)
V.K Raman (flute, voice)
Anantha Krishnan (mridangam)
Badal Roy (tabla)

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  1. 6 Responses to “MILES FROM INDIA - PARIS 2009”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’m listening to it now. sounds good. rudresh is on my myspace friends. i probably should add payton on facebook.

    i looked it up, and it’s la salle de concerts, according to the official site.

    http://www.citedelamusique.fr/francais/salles/presentation.aspx

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Jan 3, 2010

  3. Magnific!

    By Rochacrimson on Jan 3, 2010

  4. Thank you-This is excellent!

    By Luis Torregrosa on Jan 4, 2010

  5. Fantastic - quality of musicianship first class as is the sound quality - I’m sure Miles will be suitably impressed.

    Thanks BigO for another stonker.

    By Gaz on Jan 7, 2010

  6. Absolutely stunning….. Big O is the find of the decade, thank you.

    By Yvonne Overton on Jan 13, 2010

  7. Indian Music is really cool and some of it are great dance music too.;`’

    By Nathan Rodriguez on Jul 23, 2010

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