John Mayer: Etudes / Radha Krishna

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‘A long-lost treasure’ (Jazzwise Magazine ****)
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“A long-lost treasure.”
(Jazzwise Magazine ****)


1-5. John MAYER (1929-2004)

John Mayer violin
Chris Taylor flute
Ian Hammer trumpet, flugelhorn
Tony Coe tenor sax, clarinet
Pat Smythe piano
Coleridge Goode bass
John Marshall drums
Diwan Moithar sitar
Viram Jasani sitar, tanpura
Keshav Sathe tabla 

6-7. John MAYER
Radha Krishna

Clem Alford sitar
Keshav Sathe tabla
Lansdowne String Trio
Tristan Fry
Coleridge Goode bass
Chris Taylor
Tony Coe tenor sax, clarinet
unknown oboe
Neil Coton sarod
Susan Less contralto
Austin Miskell tenor
Nicolette Bernard narrator

Indian-born violinist and composer John Mayer’s groundbreaking recordings from the 1960’s with his band Indo-Jazz Fusions probably gave birth to the term “world fusion.” For this CD, the brand new First Hand label has remastered some of Mayer’s finest work. Even though Etudes was recorded in 1969, it still sounds remarkably current. In many ways, this kind of fusion has made a comeback in recent years. Radha Krishna is an unflinchingly erotic musical play, featuring excellent sax work from Tony Coe.

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Press Quotes

“The result is consistently stimulating… Both these albums offer contrasts well beyond the ordinary. They show the paths taken by the exploratory Mayer and his cohorts, and the diverse ways in which his musical mind encompassed this wider vision.” (Musicweb-International)

‘Mayer’s music is still remarkably fresh after 40 years’: “I’ll be spending quite a bit of time this week listening to an excellent reissue of music by the late composer and violinist John Mayer and his band Indo-Jazz Fusions…” (Birmingham Post)

“…the meeting of Indian, jazz and western classical flavours yields passages of unexpected and touching beauty, with some powerfully rhapsodic blowing from top British saxman Tony Coe.” (The Telegraph)

“A long-lost treasure.” (Jazzwise Magazine ****)

“… there is much to enjoy in the first five tracks of this album – particularly the improvising by tenorist Tony Coe…“


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