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Album Review

Jai Uttal's 1997 album Shiva Station continues his eclectic fusion of Indian musical traditions with jazz and electronic elements. Sinuous, spontaneous pieces like "Guru Brahma," "Bhajore," and "Jaya Jagadambe (She Who Tears Apart Thought)" combine a loose, improvised feel with lush arrangements that include sitars, tablas, violins, banjos, trombones, and electric guitars. Bill Laswell's production adds to the organic, seemingly effortless blend of old, new, improvised, and structured musical styles on Shiva Station.

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Amazing Synthesis!

With Shiva Station, Jai Uttal has created a brilliant combination of traditional Indian music, rock, blues and jazz. This music is full of beautiful melodies, deep grooves, unexpected accents and juxtapositions, and manages to convey a sense of deep meditation and pure joy. The production, by bassist/producer extraordinaire Bill Laswell, is crisp and powerful, as is the musicianship throughout. The only thing that may give some listeners pause is the fact that almost all the songs are in Sanskrit, which is great for Sanskrit speakers, but perhaps not so accessible to others. Even without knowledge of the language, however, the music is so powerful that you won't be able to keep from moving.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jai Uttal has played Motown songs in cover bands and busked for change on the streets. Both of those experiences have stood him in good stead for his musical career, which finds his music straddling the divide between world and new age. Born in New York City in 1952, Uttal grew up in the music business -- his father worked for a record label -- and at the age of seven he began piano lessons. Those were followed by banjo, guitar, and harmonica as Uttal began to discover American roots music, most...
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