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FYC: CHARU SURI'S "THE BOOK OF RAGAS VOL. 2" (JAZZ)

A sequel to Suri's acclaimed "Book of Ragas," the second volume is a fresh sound that combines Western jazz, Eastern Indian ragas as well as Sufi improvisation. Highlighted by Jazz at Lincoln Center in its new releases roundup, the album features Suri on the piano, Sufi vocals and vibraphone. In this album, a tribute to all morning ragas ---sounds found in India. The vibraphone extends the percussive magic of the piano and adds an ethereal dimension, while Falsa's Sufi layered vocals brings together three distinct cultures all rooted in the art of improvisation. 

BOOK OF RAGAS. VOL.2 - BEST INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ ALBUM

RAGA JAUNPURI -- JAZZ IMPROVISED SOLO (Piano)

In this work, Suri extends the trio work done by experimental artists in the 1960s. The result is four ragas that evoke a full range of morning moods, from the brisk Jaunpuri to the melancholic Asavari that was composed during the pandemic. The second album will also be formally presented at Carnegie Hall on November 13th, 2021, just like the first.

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center included the Book of Ragas vol. 2 in its August release picks, and several critics have praised its creative sound.