Although Sitar and Sarangi are prominent Indian Classical instruments, they encountered very rarely in Jugalbandi/duet setup. So, this concert album is a rare and great treat for those who have an enthusiastic ears for Indian Classical music. Ustad Rais Khan & Ustad Sultan Khan are not only very esteemed musicians but are noted for an outstanding capability for Jugalbandi performances. In this Live in London concert accompanied by much soughtafter tabla player Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, It captured their great and detailed skills of musicianship which took them to new heights in their fields. The volume 1 is completely devoted to Raga Yaman Kalyan, an evening raga and performed in detailed Alap, Slow and Fast Teentaals. The second volume consists of Ragamala (A Garland Of Various Ragas) based around Raga Khamaj and the concert ends with bewitching Medium Tempo Teentaal in Raga Bhairavi. IMO, An outstanding and a rare Jugalbandi. Highly Recommended.
Composer and oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil generates variety and interest by bringing aboard different guest musicians for each album. The personnel on Sultan's Picnic is so similar to that of Blue Camel that one might expect them to sound similar. But there's a key difference in the presence of Howard Levy on Sultan's Picnic. Levy is a talented harmonica player who has done a lot of offbeat work, including a stint with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. Despite the power of Charlie Mariano on alto sax and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, this album is dominated by the idioms of the harmonica, specifically the jazzy, quirky, lackadaisical idiom popularized by Levy's work with the Flecktones. This domination is noticeable from the beginning, on "Sunrise in Montreal."
In this album, subtitled "Sultans Of Swing", Alex Bollard pays a tribute to one of the favourite guitarists, Mark Knopfler. Each of his sixteen compositions is sparked with the irresistible flavour that is a Knopfler hallmark. Listening to Alex Bollard's catchy versions you will live again the late 1970s and 1980s when Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits were conquering the world.