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Album Review

Not only did the late Jerry Garcia like Indian guitarist Sanjay Mishra's work so much that he released Blue Incantation through the Grateful Dead's merchandising company, but he even graced three of the album's tracks with his distinctive guitar work, making this one of his last performances before his death. But the Garcia connection aside, this disc is worth a listen on the strength of Mishra's nimble guitar work and smooth compositions alone. His dexterity is well-met by Samir Chatterjee's gifted approach to tabla, marrying complex rhythmic structures with pastoral melodies to create an Indian-folk fusion that's remarkably accessible. On tracks like "Monsoon" and "Clouds," Garcia's blues-based guitar is worked into the mix, exploring atmospheric planes perfect for meditation or relaxation, while "Bach In Time" finds Mishra exhibiting a remarkable knowledge of Western classical music. But the album's most effective track is the hypnotically sensual "Passage Into Dawn," which uses the passionate vocals of Sanghamitra Chatterjee to great effect. A gorgeous record that updates the rich traditions of Indian Classical music by placing them in a modern context.

Customer Reviews


this album is full of good, not so much indian music, but more fusionish music, which has a lot of good guitar, and some of jerry garcia's last days in the studios

Oh Clouds

Hard to express all the feelings and peace this music brings... sharp and yet melodious.


Quite simply, an under appreciated gem of an album released just before the death of Jerry Garcia. I am so glad I had the willingness to explore other genres and this album blew me away. The guitar work by Misrah is hypnotic and highly fluid. The compositions are beautifully sublime. I bought Misrah's other album and it's such a joy as well.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A native of Calcutta, India, Sanjay Mishra mixes instrumentation from both the Eastern and Western Hemisphere with modern rhythms. He has released several albums; Blue Incantation includes the guitar services...
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