ALI AKBAR KHAN

Garden Of Dreams

(Worldly Music) Used CD $5.00

Classical Indian music (sitars and tablas) meet western melodies (violins). Ali Akbar Khan demonstrates that fusion can be done beautifully and sublimely, with actual chord changes played against raga melodies in tunings not of equal temperament. “India Blue,” for example, starts as a rupak tal (seven-beat cycle) ostinanto blues lick, and evolves into a gorgeous exploration culminating in a crackling teehi that ends on a high note.

ALI AKBAR KHAN

Journey

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A successful blend of tradition and technology produced by Khan-sahib’s protégé and student Jai Uttal. Sarod, sitar, tabla and dholak interact with electronic synthesizers (none of which sound forced or mechanical). Reissue from 1992

ALI AKBAR KHAN

Then And Now

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Sarod maestro’s debut album Music Of India (Angel Records 1955) and a live recording from late 1994.