12 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this intriguing collaboration, the Indian vocal legend Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet perform arrangements of songs by the late Bollywood composer, Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994). Bhosle, who has sung on countless film soundtracks and was married to Burman, appears on eight cuts. The album also features the virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument. The opener, “Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke),” which was originally used in a film about the hippie counterculture on the subcontinent, quickly displays Burman’s gift for melody. “Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly),” flecked with a variety of delightful details, appropriately takes its sweet time. The instrumental “Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)” is marked by striking string gestures and includes touches of accordion courtesy of violist Hank Dutt. The sassy “Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)” has nice timbres, including one credited to “hammered violin.” Rippling percussion, hints of James Bond music, and Chinese flavors enliven “Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently).”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On this intriguing collaboration, the Indian vocal legend Asha Bhosle and the Kronos Quartet perform arrangements of songs by the late Bollywood composer, Rahul Dev Burman (1939-1994). Bhosle, who has sung on countless film soundtracks and was married to Burman, appears on eight cuts. The album also features the virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and Wu Man, a master of the pipa, a lute-like Chinese instrument. The opener, “Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke),” which was originally used in a film about the hippie counterculture on the subcontinent, quickly displays Burman’s gift for melody. “Rishte Bante Hain (Relationships Grow Slowly),” flecked with a variety of delightful details, appropriately takes its sweet time. The instrumental “Mehbooba Mehbooba (Beloved, O Beloved)” is marked by striking string gestures and includes touches of accordion courtesy of violist Hank Dutt. The sassy “Ekta Deshlai Kathi Jalao (Light a Match)” has nice timbres, including one credited to “hammered violin.” Rippling percussion, hints of James Bond music, and Chinese flavors enliven “Saiyan Re Saiyan (My Lover Came Silently).”

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