Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Nissar Hussain Khan (1909-1993) - LP published in India in 1972

Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan of Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana was one of the greatest singers in mid 20th century. He was an outstanding specialist of Taranas (see here the second side). His best known disciple and nephew Rashid Khan unfortunately didn't keep alive much from this rich heritage. For more details on the artist see: 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chatur Lal (1925-1965) - The Drums of India - LP originally published in the US in 1961

Re-edition from end of 1960s or beginning of 1970s of a LP originally published in 1961.
One of the great Tabla players of the 1950s and 1960s, famous for his accompaniment to greats like Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, his younger brother Ram Narayan, Sharan Rani and many great singers.
See here our post of a LP by Ram Narayan and Chatur Lal.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Sabri Moudallal (1918-2006) - Classical Arab music from Aleppo, Syria - Broadcasts from 1988 & 1989 by WDR, Cologne, Germany

Broadcast of a concert on 6th of february 1988 at Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, and studio recordings, probably done around the same time and broadcast in 1989, by the outstanding classical and religious (Sufi) singer from Aleppo, Syria. Music from a very endangered culture. See also our post of a Sufi programme by the same singer here.

Many thanks to KF for making the CD covers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mahapurush Misra (1932-1987) - Rythmes de l'Inde - French edition of an LP originally published in 1966 in the US

Originally published in 1966 in the US as "Indian Drums" by Connoisseur Society, CS 1466.
With Lahara on Sarod by Ali Akbar Khan.

Unfortunately we only recently noted that the pickup needle was hanging for a moment at one or two spots in the last track. By putting a small weight on the pickup we could get beyond this. Sorry for the inconvenience caused.

Here the corrected files:

“Pandit Mahapurush Mishra (1932-1987) was a disciple of Pandit Anokhelal Mishra, a revered master of Tabla. Mahapurush was a famous Tabla accompanist to many topmost musicians and a professor at the Ali Akbar College of Music in Calcutta (now Kolkata). He spent most of his time during the late 1960s in USA teaching, recording, and appearing widely in numerous classical music concerts. There are far too few of his Tabla solos in circulation. However, this solo album of Pandit Mahapurush Mishra, a very rare-of-its-kind, is an invariably spectacular display of his virtuosity and musicality, which he is renowned for.
Longtime Tabla master, sideman to the stars, and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan’s main accompanist throughout the better part of three decades until his death, Pandit Mahapurush Mishra has also appeared on the Beatles b-side of Lady Madonna, George Harrison’s The Inner Light (recorded in Bombay in January 1968 with the vocal tracks added in London the next month) as well as on Harrison’s Wonderwall soundtrack.”

See here our posts of performances by his guru Pandit Anokhelal Mishra:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986) at WDR, Cologne, Germany - Broadcasts recorded 1971, 1975 and 1984

CD 1:
Raga Bageshri (27.11.1971)
This recording was published by Chhanda Dhara on CD:
Nikhil Banerjee - Alltime Classics - CD 1 (SNCD 701/02)
(now no longer available)

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CD 2:
Raga Pilu (17.8.1975)

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CD 3:
Raga Desh (studio recording by WDR on 10.11.1984)

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CD 4:
Raga Mishra Khamaj
Ragas Pilu & Suha Sugharai (10.11.1984)

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CD 5:
Commentaries on Indian music given by Nikhil Banerjee
after the studio recording of Raga Desh (see CD 3)
(studio recording by WDR on 10.11.1984. Moderator: Jan Reichow)

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Many thanks to KF for the recordings and the covers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Nikhil Banerjee - In Concerts - Set of 2 LPs published in India in 1988

Vol. 1
At the Ali Akbar College of Music, San Rafael, Claifornia, USA on 12.10.1985
Tabla: Swapan Chowdhury

 Vol. 2
At Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan, India on 3.2.1982
Tabla: Anindo Chatterjee

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Özbekiston Ajoyib San'at Ustalari - Ciqarish 32 - Masters of the art of Uzbekistan - Part 32 - LP published in Uzbekistan

Re-edition - published probably in the 1980s or early 1990s - of some beautiful recordings from 1966 and 1967 by Makom singers F. Baratova, accompanied by a traditional ensemble, and N. Boltayev, accompanying himself on Tor (Tar - a long necked lute) plus A. Ismailov on Doira (a frame drum).

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rais Khan - Sitar - Milestones - Cassette published in India in 1985 containing the recordings from his very first LP from 1968

This cassette is a re-release of recordings which were originally published on LP as "Khansahib Rais Khan" (ECLP 2359) in 1968. This was his very first LP.
Tabla: Bashir Ahmed Khan

Side 1:
Raga Jhinjhoti

Side 2:
Raga Mian Ki Todi
Lok Priya - Dhun Dadra

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar - Some rare Surbahar recordings from the 1950s

CD 1:
Annapurna Devi:
1. Raga Kaunsi Kanada
2. Raga Manjh Khamaj

CD 2:
Annapurna Devi & Ravi Shankar:

"She has not recorded any music albums. But some of her performances (notably, 1. Raga Kaushi Kanara and Raga Majh Khamaj, Surbahar recital; and 2. Raga Yaman duet Surbahar recital with Ravi Shankar) that have been secretly taped from her earlier (1950s) concerts, are non-commercially available among a percentage of music lovers in India."

For more information see:

Many thanks to KF who made a nice double CD out of these recordings.

Monday, August 11, 2014

1er Festival Algérien de la Musique Andalouse 1967 - Vol. 6 - LP published in Algeria

Side A:
1. Abdelkrim Dali & l'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts 
du Conservatoire d'Alger:
Istikhbar Zidane & Derdj Medjenba
2. L'Orchestre de la Rachidia de Tunis:
Wesla Mouwachahats

Side B:
1. L'Orchestre El Fenn ou El Adab d'Alger:
Extraits d'une Nouba du mode Hsine
2. L'Orchestre El Andaloussia d'Oran:
Extraits d'une Nouba du mode Raml-Maya
3. L'Orchestre de la J.F.L.N. de Blida:
Mecedder Rasd Dil

On Abdelkrim Dali see our posts: