Kumar Bose - Dynamic

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, August 10, 2013 Under
Kumar Bose is a master tabla player from the Benares gharana school. A disciple of Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Bose is best known for the decade he spent as part of Ravi Shankar's ensemble in the 1970s. Dynamic is a single improvisation based on classical themes in the tintaal rhythm (16 beats). And while the album is billed as a solo tabla recording, there are two other instruments providing drones and melodies for Bose's stunning improvisations, a sarangi and a harmonium. They simultaneously offer Bose a repetitive and cyclic melody known as the 16-beat Iehara. His own response is not just rhythmic, but lyrical as well. His structural approach on the first disc is to play across themes and variations, and on the second, to go off into wild flights of improvisation on the two drums (tabla and bayan). The tonal varieties of these pieces are startling and awe-inspiring. There is a non-stop series of harmonic interpolations that are not only incorporated and elaborated upon harmonically as well as rhythmically but they happen nearly instantaneously. That these two hours flow by so quickly is testament enough to the musicianship of Bose: that he continually astonishes, as well as delights, is a hallmark of his genius. Wonderfully recorded live at the Saptak Festival, in 2002, this set boasts excellent sound and wonderful notes.

this album shows why pt. kumar bose is widely regarded as an authority on benaras baj. set to teental, the structure is classic. I especially like the uthan and variations kumarji so playfully develops. you will notice some of kumarji's favorite bants..esp. dhige dhina trkta dhinna..which is beautifully played...a different treatment of the same kaida can be heard in the darbar festival album. parts of this album is mesmerizing and might put you into a meditative trance! a must have for any tabla lover esp. who loves the aggressive benaras style.

Disc: 1
1. Tabla Solo (Tintaal, Pt. 1)
Disc: 2
1. Tabla Solo (Tintaal, Pt. 2)

Personnel: Kumar Bose (tabla); Shishirchandra Bhatt (harmonium).
Recording information: Saptak Festival, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (2001).

FLAC (EAC Rip): 390 MB | MP3 - 320 kbs: 210 MB | Scans

Archives have 3% of the information for restoration

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

OR MP3 320 kbps
Part 1 | Part 2


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