Dreams on Drums

COMPOSERS: Anindo Chatterjee
LABELS: Audiorec Classics
PERFORMER: Anindo Chatterjee (tabla)
CATALOGUE NO: 766032 1050 2

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 Pure tabla isn’t exactly bursting out of the racks, so a warm welcome for ANINDO CHATTERJEE’s four intricate, extended solos accompanied by sarangi and harmonium. If you want to know in detail what tricks he brings off, there’s a good running commentary in the booklet.

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Tabla is played in the mind, and it’s the rhythmic divisions and cross-patterns that define a player’s real skill. This is a disc that manages to be both exciting and instructive, with steady build-ups and sustained high-speed variations to bring the thrills to a peak.