Debashish Bhattacharya: Gypsy Anandi
Debashish Bhattacharya (guitar)
Calcutta Chronicles: Indian Slide Guitar Odyssey (Riverboat / World Music Network TUGCD 1049)
Debashish Bhattacharya (guitar),
Subhasis Bhattacharya (tabla), Sanjeevan Acharya (ektara), Sukanya Bhattacharya (tamboura), Swati Biswas (tamboura), Camila Celin (rhythm guitar).
Composed by Debashish Bhattacharya.
Recorded: Kolkata, India, no date given (CD released in 2008)
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
Lately this strange and wonderful recording keeps finding its way back to my CD player. Everyone I share this music with is just as captivated as I am. Debashish Bhattacharya plays Indian slide guitar -- imagine Elmore James growing up in Calcutta -- and the end result is a music so fresh and different that you too will keep coming back for more. The cultural ingredients on this track will defy your best efforts to separate and identify. Yes, there are the expected Indian and blues elements, and a dose of Romani traditions (as the song title implies); but I also hear a Celtic lilt and echoes of bluegrass. But don't try to figure it out, just sit back and enjoy the finished product. Debashish Bhattacharya is a remarkable artist, and this CD is one of the most creative releases of the year.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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