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Great even without the roar of a lion  New
True to its title, this album features Duke Ellington's best work, including a piece where he hijacked a "sweet" swing band into jazz   More

Ustad Vilayat Khan's southern passion   Exclusive
The legendary sitarist, on a rare visit to Bangalore, spoke about his passions, mainly southern classical music, and about fusion, which he finds hateful    More

Bridging memories of S D Burman   New
A bridge in eastern India has just been completed and named after music composer Sachin Dev Burman    More

Not just heart but plenty of foot-tapping stuff   New
Regina Carter is a rare female jazz instrumentalist. She plays wonderful, syncopated violin in Rhythms of the Heart   More

A chat with Ustad Alla Rakha  New
The tabla maestro has just been chosen for the Karnataka government's Chowdaiah Award. In a freewheeling conversation, he speaks about life, concert culture and Woodstock    More

Juhi and Shah Rukh in 'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani' Patriotism in the age of Pepsi  New
In Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, Aziz Mirza takes a satirical look at what it now means to be an Indian. Jatin-Lalit come up with ice-cream tunes, light and fluffy!    More

Brilliant, faultless trumpet   New
Blowing My Trumpet, a collection of 18 excellent jazz numbers, features stars like Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis with lesser known trumpeters like Red Rodney    More

A place to sell music books online  New
An online store, set up exclusively to sell music books, is looking for submissions    More

School for sitar and 'nuanced purity'  New
A Bangalore group is setting up a school to propagate the Vilayat Khani style of sitar playing. Its inauguration coincides with the ustad's visit to the city    More

Monthly update for lovers of sugama sangeeta   New
H Phalguna, who gave up a career in civil engineering to pursue music, has just launched a sugama sangeeta magazine    More

Songs for the god of Sabarimala  New
Hundreds of cassettes flood the market to cash in on the Ayyappa season, now on. Observers say the cult is losing ground in Bangalore but gaining a following in northern Karnataka    More

When the master returned from Mauritius   New
Geethakrishna, director of Time, flew Ilaiyaraja to that emerald isle, and the composer returned with 30 new tunes on his lips. His score does not disappoint, but some voices lack expression    More

Raga Vagadeeshwari in another continent
Chitravina Ravikiran played the rare raga Vagadeeshwari, and the popular Sunadavinodini, at a concert in Australia. Its recording is now out in Horizons    More

A love story inspired by the Taj   New
Veteran director Bharati Raja introduces son Manoj in Taj Mahal. A R Rahman draws on African music, and Manoj also gets to make a sunny debut as a singer    More

Happy millennium, Khajuraho!  New
Jasraj and Hariprasad Chaurasia perform specially composed music to mark 1,000 years of Khajuraho. Live Inside Kajuraho is a two-volume compilation    More

Prince of ghazals lost in synth foliage
Ghulam Ali's latest offering, Madhosh, is a disaster, thanks to a tinsel synth orchestra    More

Baba's like Birbal and Tenali Rama The crackpot who's actually a jackpot
Baba Sehgal's irreverence in Abb Main Vengaboy spares neither Michael Jackson nor Amitabh Bachchan. Like Salman Rushdie, he picks up speech idiosyncrasies to caricature his characters into instant life    More

Kadri G meets Pravin G
Saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath plays a jugalbandi with Pravin Godkhindi, Hindustani flutist    More

A still from 'Hey Ram' Hey Ram! From violins to non-violins
After he fell out with L Subramaniam, Kamala Hasan has brought in Ilaiyaraja as the music composer for his ambitious film on Gandhi    More

Coming for a coffee?  Special report
That's what Mumbai's music lovers say when they go out to buy music. The city's new music stores have begun to look like cafes and discos    More

Modern jazz, 60, still youthful  New
In the '40s, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker played furious solos and helped jazz save its soul. A close look at the decade that shaped modern jazz   More

Say hello to the cello
Hello, the latest Prashanth starrer, offers a snazzy violin and cello number in raga Puriya Dhanasri    More

George Harrison stabbed
The Beatles star and his wife were knifed, but he fought off the attacker. Their injuries are not life-threatening    More

R D Burman, master composer. SPB sang a concert in his memory in Hyderabad Salaam Pancham
One evening, S P Balasubramanyam sang the R D Burman tunes he loved but never got to sing at the studios    More

A great stylist of tenor sax jazz
Ben Webster was second only to Coleman Hawkins in the swing age. A compilation puts together some of his best numbers    More

Simple treat from a hit team
There's a simple beauty in the songs of Mudhalvan, a movie from the same team that gave you Gentleman   

United we stand, united we sing
Hum Saath Saath Hain comes from the Hum Aapke Hain Koun team. 'Family values' reign not only on screen but in the songs as well   More

Forever in love, forever young
Mohabbat is an essential compilation of Kishore Kumar's romantic songs. Collectors will love it    More

Urmila in 'Dillagi' An embarrassment of riches
Dillagi, Sunny Deol's directorial debut, has eight music composers and twice as many singers. Nusrat Fateh Ali stands out in an otherwise ordinary album    More

A long walk with Jasraj
Sadly, Shubha Mudgal's Raagsangeet has shut down. Pandit Ravi Shankar's site needs editorial attention. Better laid out is Pandit Jasraj's site, which succeeds in giving you a sweeping view of his life and times. An update on the home pages of three top musicians    More

On the review pages   Special feature

Govind Nihalani ventures into the masala market with Thakshak

Dream girl meets real boy in Mast

Udit Narayan sings for the Kannada hero Upendra

A family ventures into Indipop with Savariya

A unique concert series from Kumar Gandharva in Parivar Parampara

Kannada superstar Rajkumar comes back after six years with Shabdavedhi

Rap, rock and Abhijeet come together in Baadshah

Nayi Disha sets to music poetry from the PM's pen

Nine Nights is a compilation of 'correctly rendered' classical compositions

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Jazz on Indian soil

Amit Heri, Indian jazz musician

Jazz may be Afro-American music, but it has found passionate performers in India, a country whose classical music is rich in improvisation. A look at trends and artistes on the Indian jazz scene


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