Ananda Shankar / FUSION

Ananda Shankar-ANANDA SHANKAR-1970


Finally something for which I can emphatically, unequivocally state that it sounds right! Ananda Shankar, nephew of Ravi Shankar, was one of the first musicians to fuse Indian Classical traditions with 60-70’s Classic Rock motifs to create something which sounds unique to this day. This self-titled album, released on Reprise Records created a lot of … Continue reading

FUSION / The Raghu Dixit Project

THE RAGHU DIXIT PROJECT – The Raghu Dixit Project – 2008


Raghu Dixit is a folk-singing-guitar-playing-savant from Bangalore. He combines Indian folk, with rock, reggae, and a lot more. I think this is one of the few bands from India which truly has international potential in extending our soft power. So watch out, this is only the debut. Good Shit So what does it sound like? … Continue reading

FUSION / Jonas Hellborg

Kali’s Son – JONAS HELLBORG feat. NILADRI KUMAR and SELVAGANESH – 2005


Our Indian music is fantastic. All of you should know that. It’s more complex than the most complex non-Indian music can hope to be, both in terms of melody and rhythm. Unfortunately, harmony is a concept quite alien to hardcore Indian classical musicians. It is this ‘void’ that is filled up by enlisting western instrumentalists … Continue reading

FUSION / Jonas Hellborg

Michael Shrieve, Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane, – TWO DOORS – 1995


Jonas Hellborg has a strange predilection for wierdos. He chooses odd people to do albums with. Really, really odd. Take Paul Hanson. A bassoon player (that’s right, it WAS mentioned in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) who likes using guitar effects on the bassoon. Mad. Also take his guitarist friend on this album, Shawn … Continue reading