Etudes / Radha Krishna
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“A long-lost treasure.”
1-5. John MAYER (1929-2004)
John Mayer violin
6-7. John MAYER
Clem Alford sitar
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.
“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…“