who died aged 92, in December 2012, was the musical visionary who thanks to the
cultural influences of his family, the advantages of a disciplined classical
background and a heady sixties association with George Harrison and The
Beatles, established the sitar and the raga into western consciousness. He was
thus the first performer and composer to bridge the musical gap between India and
Ravi Shankar is
already considered to have been one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth
musical ventures were as a child, appearing in his brother Uday's dance company
in America and France. In his teens he was apprenticed to the sarod master,
Allauddin Khan under who's demanding tutelage he would inherit the great
tradition of Indian classical music.
By the time his
first met George Harrison and Paul McCartney in 1966, Shankar had given
recitals with Khan's son, the sarodist, Ali Akbar Khan, served as musical
director of All India Radio's first National Orchestra, and been sent to all
points on cultural tours by the Indian government. He had composed elegant film themes for
Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, and taught and befriended the jazz musicians John
Coltrane and Don Ellis.
Ravi met the
Beatles at a point when the Fab Four were looking to expand their musical
language and to make deeper artistic statements. Legend has it that they had
already been introduced to Ravi's music by Byrds guitarist Roger McGuinn at an
LSD party in Los Angeles and indeed they dabbled with the sitar on the 1965
hit, Norwegian Wood. On meeting Ravi Shankar, George Harrison determined to
take the instrument seriously, soon journeying to meet Ravi in India for a
period of intensive tuition. There by the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar,
the guitarist was inspired to write Within You Without You for the album, Sgt
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles' tribute to Ravi Shankar.
generation were beguiled by Ravi. He appeared at the
Monterey and Woodstock Festivals, and at the Concert for Bangledesh in New York
in 1971 and made no attempt attempt to conceal his appreciation of the
adulation, "Though I had been performing all over the world since 1954, my
association with George attracted a whole young generation to sitar and to me
from the mid-1960s. Even though I didn't make any record jamming with him or any other pop or rock
star, I was treated like a superstar, being the Beatle George's guru.”
featured here are likely those that turned the The Beatles
on to Ravi. They were made between 1956 and 1962 and for all the success that
followed they are arguably the pinnacle of his recorded artistry.
Release Date: 11/03/2013
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KAFI (WITH ALI AKBAR KHAN)
DHUN IN MISHRA
LOGG was a high profile project on Salsoul Records
fronted by the prolific and inventive singer/songwriter/keyboardist and
producer Leroy Burgess. The majority of Burgess’s output is on rare 12” singles
and out of print albums and are highly sought after by crate diggers across the
Produced by both Burgess and Salsoul stalwart Greg
Carmichael LOGG is a very high calibre album from the disco period which
Burgess used as a showcase for his own wide ranging talents and that of his
solid rhythm section James Calloway (bass) and Sonny Davenport (drums). All
three players co-wrote every track on the LP.
As LOGG was one of Larry Levan’s favourite projects
the irrepressible Paradise Garage DJ supported Burgess by spinning several Logg
tracks in his club sets helping to guarantee a legendary status for the
‘I Know You Will’, the first single from LOGG
(R&B #80), and the follow up ‘(You’ve Got) That Something’, along with ‘Dancing
Into The Stars’, ‘Something Else’ and ‘Sweet To Me’ all became instant dance
floor classics thanks to the support of Larry Levan and still delight dance
floors across the globe today. This edition also features the ultimate Burgess
classics ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Stranger’.
BBR is very proud to present LOGG, expertly re-mastered and complete
with extensive liner notes and bonus tracks. LOGG is absolutely essential
listening for all Soul, Funk, Disco and Dance fans out there!
Release Date: 29/07/2013
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HERBIE MANN (born Herbert Jay Solomon) was one of
Jazz music’s most prolific performers and innovators excelling predominantly on
flute, but also tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Throughout the
50’s and 60’s Mann played in many groups exploring the boundaries of Jazz by
absorbing Afro-Latin themes and recording and touring throughout the world.
During this time he was able to nurture some of the greatest Jazz musicians as
his sidemen, most notably Willie Bobo, Chick Corea, Roy Ayers and David Newman.
In the 70’s Mann extended his repertoire further by
incorporating rock, pop, reggae and disco into his sound, which included this
1975 offering on Atlantic Records, DISCOTHEQUE.
The album boasts a number of great jazzy grooves that show off Mann’s
incredible dexterity on the flute and employs his vast experience to its full
extent. DISCOTHEQUE was received very
well in Jazz, R&B, Pop and Disco markets on its release achieving #5, #19
and #27 on the Billboard Jazz, R&B and Pop album charts respectively.
The albums one and only single was an instrumental
cover of ‘Hi-Jack,’ which was originally recorded by Latin influenced Funk
group Barrabas in 1974, and again confirmed the wide appeal that Mann enjoyed
as it charted at #14 Pop, #24 R&B and an incredible #1 on Billboards Disco
Action chart as the track lit up dance floors across the USA. Other notable
tracks are the self-penned ‘High Above The Andes,’ showing off Mann’s love of
the Latin groove, and a gorgeous rendition of Stevie Wonders ‘Bird Of Beauty.’
This edition also features the non-album B-side ‘Orient Express’ and the
original unedited version of ‘Hi-Jack’.
BBR is very proud to
bring you DISCOTHEQUE, completely
re-mastered and repackaged complete with extensive liner notes and extended
bonus content. DISCOTHEQUE is a must
have for all (Latin) Jazz, Funk and Dance/Disco fans out there!
Release Date: 04/11/2013
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