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December 6, 2009

Debashish Bhattacharya - Hindustani Slide Guitar - Raga Bhimpalasi

Debashish Bhattacharya - Hindustani Slide Guitar - Raga Bhimpalasi

Year: 1997
Label: Indida Archives

Here's a bit more of the "Best slide guitarist in the world" for you, in case your interest was piqued by the previous music post. As opposed to the previous affair, which was world fusion, this is straight, traditional Indian classical music. Not for the short-of-attention-span! But well worth the investment of listening hours. Epic, fantastic stuff, I tells ya!

Product Description
Debashish Bhattacharya's imaginative renderings and innovative extensions of playing technique and instrument design reveal the kind of provocative re-thinking that has always been at the vanguard of Indian classical music. Raga Bhimpalasi is played in the afternoon, evoking a contemplative sense of peace and the majestic grandeur of creation.

a customer said:
This is one of the best Hindustani recordings of all time. I hope you will not let the guitar factor get in the way of your giving this cd a chance. Make no mistake about it, in the hands of Debashish Bhattacharya his acoustic slide guitar is as "valid" and "authentic" a Hindustani instrument as a sarod or a sitar. Plus he has altered the guitar by adding drone and sympathetic strings so it does indeed have a very "Indian tone" to it. Gorgeous tone actually.
If you never have 70 uninterrupted minutes to dedicate to a cd then actually Debashish's Raga Saraswati cd may be a better choice for you because it has three shorter performances rather than the one long one contained on this cd. Plus, in terms of "performance quality" you aren't sacrificing anything by buying Saraswati. It's an epic recording as well. I give the slight nod to the Bhimpalasi cd because the 48-minute alap, jor, and jhala on this cd is so magnificent, and it so perfectly displays the profound emotional impact and creativity that stands at the heart of a great Hindustani improvisation that I just have to choose this one. Plus the gats are volcanic as well! The Saraswati cd is also amazing, the performances are just more compact so none of the alap's get to stretch out and go quite as deeply as this one does. My advice: Buy them both!

In terms of just sheer improvisational ability and emotional power, Debashish is right up there with Viliyat Khan, Ali Akbar Khan, etc....

If you've never heard of him before, don't worry. Whether you're just a guitar fan who is curious to hear something new or you're a knowledgeable longtime fan of Hindustani music this cd will blow your mind. Debashish and Samir Chatterjee (the tabla player) created one of the pearls of recorded music.

Raga Bhimpalasi is a beautiful raga and they create one of its best-ever versions.

1. Raga Bhimpalasi: Alap, Jor & Jhala (48:24)
2. Raga Bhimpalasi: Vilambit Gat in Rupak Tal (16:42)
3. Raga Bhimpalasi: Drut Gat in Tintal (13:11)

get it.
mp3 >256kbps vbr

dedicated to everyone who enjoys this particular brand of genius...


Joe said...

This looks AWESOME

unitstructure said...

I checked this out because slide playing gets to me.Wow! Burning,focused playing.even over long stretches of time.Cool looking instrument too.Thankyou!Can you recommend any other guitarists in this style?

The Irate Pirate said...

i'm working on a compilation of Indian-style guitar right now, which I'll post in a few months. The most similar artists are Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Brij Bhushan Khabra, the father of the style.

See this page for more info, including places to order.

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