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.



  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.

  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.