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VASANT RAI

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Vasant RAI was a talented Sarodist who highly participated to adventurous East-West fusion works. He recorded very successful albums for Vanguard Records. He was the last student of Allauddin KHAN, and he lived in his guru's(teacher) house for over nine years and mastered the art of Sarod playing before he was given the permission by Allauddin KHAN to represent him by performing.
He worked with Collin WALCOTT, Jerry GOODMAN (MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA) in "Spring Flowers" (1976) for long burning, buzzing free psych-jazzy rock and instrumental ragas. Absolutely essential for those who are into BETWEEN, Clem ALFORD, SHAKTI & John MCLAUGHLIN's divine improvisations.

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Spring Flowers / Autumn SongSpring Flowers / Autumn Song
Import
Universe Italy 2002
Audio CD$90.00
Spring FlowersSpring Flowers
Vanguard
Vinyl$22.68 (used)
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Spring Flowers
1976
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Autumn Song
1978

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Live At Washington Square Church 1981
2006

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Spring Flowers
Vasant Rai Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by Kazuhiro
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Especially, famous "Hindustani" will be sure to have been a very important generally base as the classics music of India for the musician who had intensively learnt the method of the theory and the performance in India.

There was a flow from which the charm situation had been told to classic music that a lot of musicians existed in Africa and India since the latter half of the 60's with an original interpretation by uniting well in the West. There might have been a role to give width and transmission to the work that each musician created by studying exactly classic music and the music scale.

Sitar and Tabla will be able to be enumerated in musical instruments used well for creating classic music that exists in India. These musical instruments and making the sound are known general and well. Played musical instruments are musical instruments that are called "Sarod". He is learning playing musical instruments from the specialist's "Alllauddin Khan" for "Hindustani" transmitted as classics music of India.

Vasant Rai appears in India in 1942. He has died as a result in the apartment in New York in 1985. He tried exactly to be classic musical of India, to learn of the technology concerning Sarod, and to act about the spread through life till then. It was done to try for music to spread in Colombia large w in 1973. His activity establishes his existence and the position as Sarodist by advancing the activity of the birch and the lecture at the same time. And, he has the exchange with a variety of Jazz musicians for the 1980's. It will be able to discover the glimpse and a technical part to have already been included in this album.

"Sarod" that Vasant Rai chiefly uses to perform is one of the most famous musical instruments in the provinces in north India as well as Sitar. Sitar can gently produce the mellifluous vocable if it compares it with Sitar. The sound of Sarod creates a deep and looked sound on the other hand. It looks like the sound of an acoustic guitar overall. However, the part where the line is a little thin is a feature in the sound in the high pitched sound part. There is a theory that says that it transmitted from Persia Sarod. Chiefly using and performing Grissando because Fred in the part of Neck doesn't exist become centers.

It will be a work in this album where atmosphere and the technology of Sarod that Vasant Rai exactly acquired appear strongly. A technology and a transparent feeling are made to challenge while following traditional music by an overwhelming idea. Appointment of Gren Moore, Paul McCandless, and Collin Walcott known well as member of "Oregon". And, it is partial where Jerry Goodman known by Mahavishnu Orchestra was arranged by the tune. Ralph Towner doesn't participate. However, the sound of Sarod shines further emphatically by freely giving the part of the melody to the guitar player. The wind instrument that emphasizes atmosphere also contributes. The creation of Vasant Rai that doesn't stay in simple classics music is opened attended with all musical instruments.

"Smile Of Goddes Sarasvati" shifts from Violin to the part of the guitar and an expression of feelings theme extends at once. The part of the technology of "Shakti" is reminiscent as the impression. Part of complete Solo of Violin. And, it is partial of Solo of Sarod that tells the impression of the tune. The unison of the theme and the technology of the percussion instrument are complete.

"Distang Village" creates the melody of classics that the flute and Sitar are complete. The piano melody that Gren Moore performs expands the width of the tune. And, Vasant Rai can play an acoustic guitar. A transparent feeling joins the melody of classics in the member of "Oregon" participating. The player performs a fresh in union melody.

"Spring Wind" advances with the dash feeling that Tabla is complete. An expression of feelings melody by Sarod and Oboe is complete. A creation each other is emphasized in each member's taking charge of Solo. The flow that shifts from Oboe to Solo of Violin continues a transparent feeling and the tension. And, Solo of Sarod is complete. The explosion of the part of Coda and the progress of Chord are also complete. It might be one of the highlights of this album.

"Guitarist From Unjha" starts by the melody of an expression of feelings guitar. And, the obbligati of gentle Sitar that doesn't obstruct the melody flows. A divine sound in which the sound of the extra is excluded expands the width of the work.

A bright melody of "Septak" by the guitar and Sarod is impressive. The performance that the guitar player who is called Dilip Naik does makes a sweet, graceful sound. There is a flow that this tune is reminiscent of the directionality of "Shakti", too. Part of graceful Solo of Violin and technical Solo of Sarod. The tune consistently gives the listener a graceful part and the sense of security.

It is possible to listen to the flavor of Sarod that "Leaving Home" is complete. The technology that follows the sound of classics and the tradition and learns appears enough in the tune. The melody of gentle Violin gives a pastoral impression. It might be a tune with a unique melody.

"Midnight Meditation" is a tune of which player's taste has gone out exactly. Melody of graceful Oboe. And, it is partial of the sound of Sarod that grips the atmosphere of the tune. The performance combines including the percussion instrument. The intersection of the sound of Sarod and Oboe creates one space. It is a tune with a very graceful melody and composition consistently.

There are not too much a lot of works that can listen to the performance of Vasant Rai. However, activity as Sarodist might be exactly straightening of Vasant Rai. It is an album of which individuality went out very much.

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