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BOBBY CALLENDER

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During the late 60's, Bobby Callender was one of the most mythical figures in popular music. Conceptually his musical universe delivers all the originality of an artistic freedom, really awakened of alternative lifestyle, cross cultures and psychedelic "civilization". Callender is an afro American who turned to mystic and reaches himself into Indian raga, philosophies from the East. The two albums he recorded under his name ("Rainbow" in 1968, "The Way" in 1971) are currently seen as the two logical sides of a grandiloquent project including numerous musicians from the jazz and raga scenes. Among the featured musicians we can quote the famous "India raga style" guitarist Collin Walcott. Bobby Callender composes almost all titles and make some recitations. "Rainbow" released in 1968 is a fantastic effort, really amazing, played freely with numerous dialogues between sitar and tabla, with subtle adds of violin, piano and bass (electric). The main elements of composition are the rhythm, very structured, complex and the improvisational jazz / "raga" which introduces us in a spiritual and floating psychedelic atmosphere. The two albums are really conceptual, developing short, esoteric tales mostly served by basic themes of eastern instrumentations and odd, spoken words. Bobby Callender's musical signature is a perfect illustration of free form "ethnic" jazz improvisations in adequacy with the growing effervescence of the 60's "acid", psychedelic philosophies.

"My rainbow of colours reflects the past and present. Each change has been indicated by the spectrum of my life and only it knows the hidden colours of my future"

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3.00 | 3 ratings
Rainbow
1969
3.93 | 6 ratings
The Way (First Book of Experiences)
1971
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Le Musée de L'Impressionnisme
1972

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Little Star
1963

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 The Way (First Book of Experiences) by CALLENDER, BOBBY album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.93 | 6 ratings

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The Way (First Book of Experiences)
Bobby Callender Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
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3 stars This was an interesting album to listen trough, as I'm a huge fan of Ralph Towner who has been part of the great band Oregon, which were playing here as a back-up band for Bobby Callender. The overall feeling of the album is joyful, even ecstatic, rejoicing on spiritual enlightenment flowing on spiritual guidance of Christian, Hindu and Buddhist ecumenism. I personally preferred Florian Frice's path on his similar journey, leading to more ethereal approaches, but one cannot deny the will of good shimmering from the slightly nativist acoustic appraisals, fusing jazz music, western folk touches and Indian raga methods as rejoicing booke of songes. Also as a non-musical merit I must mention the album covers, which are really astonishing. I could hang such painting on my home wall anytime, and have to search other recordings of Mr. Callender for allowing larger perspective to his artistic and spiritual goals.
 Rainbow by CALLENDER, BOBBY album cover Studio Album, 1969
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Rainbow
Bobby Callender Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by philippe
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3 stars A very colourful, personal and polyphonic album by this curious American jazz rock artist. The main objective pursued is to create a ravishing mental journey through ragas and different jazz like improvisations. Bobby Callender easily used the traditional instruments of eastern classical music for circular motifs (but without turning minimalist or obsessional) and combines this force with groovy & jazzy experimentations. The title track is a brief western raga featuring floating sitar lines, echoing manipulated voices (which provide an "acid" temper) and orchestral arrangements. The atmosphere is very "kitsch" and romantic but definitely curious. "Nature" is an impressive psychedelic raga rock composition with "stoned" vocals, electric guitar sections and usual eastern ingredients. "Sade Masoch" includes a jazz part for trombone mixed to a dancing sitar / voice duet. "Purple" is closed to new age (before time); a long flowing, ethereal composition with easy effects and charming sounds taken from the elements. "Mother Superior» is a melodramatic ballad for orchestra. "Autumn" is a track for piano and violin which covers different kind of "world" jazz and popular music. "Man" is a sleeping pop jazz ballad which meets a hippie-like background. This album is not a milestone in jazz indo fusion for the reason that it sometimes turns "raga" into an object of "common" meditation and mainstream ballad...abandoning the goal of trancey state and visceral, emotional effervescences. However it's a nice addition for fans of "world" music and fusion jazz.
 The Way (First Book of Experiences) by CALLENDER, BOBBY album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.93 | 6 ratings

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The Way (First Book of Experiences)
Bobby Callender Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars With Walcott's Codona, no doubt the best fusion jazz project which includes massive Hindu "raga" elements. After the brilliant, psychedelic and highly original "Rainbow", the singer & lyricist Bobby Callender carries on an other conceptual, deeply religious album called "The way". The "soul", jazz rock music progressively lets the place to spiritual influences of the East, marked by choirs and orchestration. The combination of East meets West is very achieved, putting here more stress on meditative, peaceful effects than before. This musical universe is full of beauty and introspection. All the compositions are floating in a "sacred" time, punctuated by a fragile female voice and Callender's odd, mysterious recitations. A rare, unique and eternal album! An excellent following to the revolutionary "Rainbow".
Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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