Natraj: Deccan Dance
Whatever the format, the band maintains cohesiveness and a sweeping spirit of creative improvisation. And never a dull moment. My personal favorite from the record is a spontaneous midnight duet with Scarff and Maneri, which sparsely yet effectively explores improvisation around a simple harmony. Not to say that the rhythm section doesn't handle their share of the load; it's just a nice breather from an otherwise quite intense record. Maneri, who's been drawing increasing attention in free jazz circles, takes a different stance on Deccan Dance, demonstrating yet another aspect of his musical persona.
Track Listing: Kalyani; Na Yella Bo; Raga Bihag, Part 1--Vilambit; Raga Bihag, Part 2--Drut; Don't Utter; Duet; Introduction; Mukhras Not Tukras; Blue Tumbleweed.
Personnel: Phil Scarff: soprano saxophone, tamboura; Mat Maneri: electric violin; Michael Rivard: acoustic bass; Jerry Leake: percussion; Bertram Lehmann: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Galloping Goat
Style: Modern Jazz