Slide To Freedom
Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ramkumar Mishra
This is brilliant! Can you imagine a fusion of country-blues with Indian classical music? There are times when it's hard to tell which musician is playing, so close and sincerely imitative are their individual contributions. This is a record filled with virtuoso playing, sure, but one that should give enormous pleasure to anyone prepared to open their ears to the possibilities its completely natural musical fusion affords a listener or practising musician alike. Slide to Freedom encompasses the very heart of the counterculture of late sixties San Francisco and more. Just think of it. A CD produced by "everyone involved". Music created by musicians who are in every sense of the term brothers under the skin. Brotherhood breathing life through speakers until you actually believe that a better future is possible, if only...
This musical cross culture mix is certainly on a par with ventures by artists such as Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal.