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jnan prakash ghosh - Drums of India - Vol. 2
This two volume set brings together Jnan Prakash Ghosh's 1968 Drums Of India album with its sequel, which came some eleven years later. According to the release notes, these records have only previously appeared in heavily edited and even uncredited formats since their original releases. As you'd hope, this presentation preserves the albums' sequencing, length, liner notes and artwork as was laid out by the original producers. The first album plays like a showcase of the sub-continent's various drumming styles and the assorted instruments used, from widely popular elements like the tabla to less well-known (outside India at least) drums like the khamak and huruk. Consequently, the album serves as a handy primer for anyone new to this music; the liner notes even include a detailed technical breakdown of the rhythmic formats used. The second album is, as you'd imagine, a clearer set of recordings, delving deeper into the same themes as the first Drums Of India. Ghosh spends the first half of this album exploring three different rhythm forms (or 'talas') via a tabla ensemble. The remaining six pieces reveal six different varieties of drumming from various regions of India, performed in groups, duets or solo. For anyone seeking out an entry point into Indian classical and traditional musics, these discs make for an engrossing, revelatory listen.