Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ry Cooder & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt - A Meeting By The River (1993)

And an inspired and fruitful meeting it was.  Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the Rajasthani master of the Mohan Vina - a modified slide guitar of his own creation, with eight sympathetic drone strings added; and Ry Cooder, the eternal journeyman, on regular slide, recorded these four tracks in a Santa Barbara church - shame they didn't record more.  My only minus point for this record is always that I wish it was twice as long, but what was captured, backed up by Bhatt's regular tabla player Sukhvinder Singh, and Cooder's son Joachim, is superb.  A pair of lengthy, exploratory tracks are followed up by a catchy, upbeat jam and then a gorgeous closing ballad, the only non-original, a Fijian folk song.  One for al fresco listening with a long cool drink.

mega / zippy

2 comments:

  1. F.O. from Germany9 August 2017 at 16:59

    Love this record. Following your blog now for over a year, it's the first time that you post a record that is already in my CD collection. Thank you for all the great moments with your music.

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  2. My only experience with Ry Cooder comes from the "Jamming With Edward!" record with members of The Rolling Stones and later the "Paris, Texas" soundtrack. This looks to be something of a different feather! Looking forward to listening. Many thanks.

    -Brian

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