Pran: Raga for the Rainy Season
The first two sections of the raga formally specify statements of melody alone, then melody with more of a rhythmic component. These slow and sparse parts might be more appropriate for meditation or insomnia treatment instead of concentrated listening. The third section, however, takes a severe left turn as improvisation emerges and the dynamic range of the music rises dramatically. Here we hear Powers bringing his jazz roots to bear on an essentially Indian theme. It's just another unusual combination, pulled off with panache. And you'd be surprised how interesting that drone of Dempster's can be.
Track Listing: Alap; Jor; Jhala.
Personnel: Greg Powers, trombone; Stuart Dempster, brass didjeridu.
Record Label: Sparkling Beatnik Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock