Friday, May 07, 2010

Ragas and Sagas

An absolute masterpiece, Ragas and Sagas is what fusion music ought to be. It strikes the right balance between Western instrumental and Eastern vocal music. A brilliant collaborative effort by Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana (not to be confused with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, please) and Norwegian Jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, this 1990 album is a bold, enticing journey down the lanes of Indian classical music. The music is augmented by the resonant voices of Fateh Ali Khan and Deepika Thathaal, as well as excellent Tabla work by Shaukat Hussain. Sarangi is played by Nazim Ali Khan, while Manu Katche is on the drums. Added to this is the magical Saxophone by Jan Garbarek. The result is simply stunning.

Jan Garbarek & Fateh Ali Khan - Raga 1 :  Download

Jan Garbarek & Fateh Ali Khan - Saga :  Download

Jan Garbarek & Fateh Ali Khan - Raga 2 :  Download

Jan Garbarek & Fateh Ali Khan - Raga 3 :  Download

Jan Garbarek & Fateh Ali Khan - Raga 4 :  Download


Keshav Kulkarni said...

Thanks for this music! brilliant!!

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong but Raga 4 seems to be Puriya Dhanashri.

Anonymous said...

Agree. One of my favorite albums.
My only complain is that there is no detail as to what these ragas are.
I as a commoner think:
Raga 1 is Shivranjani.
Track 2 - Saga - my favorite track is Pahadi (kaise lage).
Raga 2 is Durga. (Koyal kook mach aye).
Raga 3 is Bhimpalasi (perm kiya)
What do others think?

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