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Monday, May 12, 2008

SHAKTI with John McLaughlin : La Danse Du Bonheur (1976)

When John McLaughlin put the Mahavishu Orchestra on hiatus in the mid-70s, very few people expected this to be his next project! Basically trading electric instruments for acoustic, and sitting down instead of standing up, he helped expose the jazz community to more world music. Of course, McLaughlin being McLaughlin, he cherry-picked some of the best Indian musicians for this 'supergroup'!

It looks like Zakir Hussein is on tour! So let's hear something. This is the opening track off of the second album. One of the most impressive parts of this tune is the call-n-response vocal intro, which starts in 4/4 time, but shortens the signature and speeds it up (6/8, 5/8, 5/16??), until the rest of the group jumps in.

Song : "La Danse Du Bonheur"
From the LP "A HANDFUL OF BEAUTY" (Columbia) 1976

John McLaughlin : guitar, producer
Zakir Hussein : tabla
L. Shankar : violin, vocals
T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram : ghatam, vocals

Get it here :

La Danse Du Bonheur

1 comment:

Dana said...

Dear God I couldn't keep up with this one..

That's amazing