Dr. L. Subramaniam and Larry Coryell: From the Ashes
Subramaniam and Coryell's collaborative efforts go as far back as 1978, on an energetic cerebral exercise, "Spiritual Dance." They've worked together numerous times, but on this occasion, the studio date was the stage for emotional closure for Subramaniam, who lost his wife. This album is a metaphoric "Taj Mahal" for Subramaniam, meaning this is his memorial to his beloved, just like that of the Indian aristocrat who commissioned the world famous landmark for that same purpose. Although Karnatak sounds stoic, Subramaniam ably fills emotion to the brim without losing Karnatak's musical vision. "The Way You Placed My Bow" has the guitar and violin reply to the call of the otherworld, represented by a mournful drone. Coryell splashes folk like elements while Subramaniam expresses his everlasting emotional ties to his wife in "Beyond the Flames." They perform some "Eastern blues" in "Love is Stronger than Death," leaving an afterglow of eeriness within a transcendental setting, with its conclusion Coryell's harmonic gesture. "Alone in the Ganges" relates to setting a departed's physical remains into the Ganges, symbolizing death as part of life's cycle. Here, Coryell expresses such, intensifying in volume and speed but without exaggeration.
Track Listing: The Way You Place My Bow Beyond the Flames Love Is Stronger than Death Along by the Ganges
Personnel: Dr. L. Subramaniam: Violin Larry Coryell: Guitar Web:
Record Label: Water Lily Acoustics
Style: Modern Jazz