Kadri Gopalnath/James Newton/P. Srinivasan: Southern Brothers
Each piece traces elements from Karnatak and jazz, never sounding competitive, nor there is not even a hint awkwardly playing in creating space and solos. On the first piece, Gopalnath starts like a wandering spirit in the wilderness, like John the Baptist preparing the path for who is to arrive. Newton enters, reaffirming the beauty he "sees." Gopalnath, pleased at the affirmation, sets to push the pace, but is never hurried. Newton makes quick steps at one point, like a person crying and whirling at once. Gopalnath joins the pace, then Newton duets as if crying outloud at once.
The second piece has Gopalnath starting like a lone tickle of water, then Newton continues evolving into a running stream. Srinivasan's percussion is like that of rocks bouncing downstream a river. As the music churns, with Newton's flutes cascades as Srinivasan pours on the rhythm dance. Then Gopalnath takes over Newton's lead, as if the sax is the wandering stream, cutting channels. Then the baton is relayed back to Newton pouring dynamic fluid lines. Again, Gopalnath picks up the baton, moving at a slightly quicker tempo. Gradually Newton joins in at the end to support his partners.
The last piece contains a motif with a whiff of blues Rahsaan Roland Kirk style. Newton and Gopalnath work into the motif, expanding like stars pouring into a newly formed universe. At one point, Gopalnath's sax cries like a lone soul lost in the madness of urbania.
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Personnel: Kadri Gopalnath: Saxophone James Newton: Flute P. Srinivasan: Mridangam Web:
Record Label: Water Lily Acoustics
Style: Modern Jazz