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Meet Me Anywhere - New Jazz And World Music / Natraj

Natraj Phil Scarff Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxoph
Release Date: 01/06/1970 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 80119  
Composer:  Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Natraj

Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Footwear
2. Drop the Knife Twice
3. Resolution
4. Friends Everywhere
5. Meet Me Anywhere
6. Avu Matodzo
7. Suite 203

Natraj: Phil Scarff (vocals, soprano & tenor saxophones, axatse, tamboura); Jerry Leake (vocals, glockenspiel, stick, tabla, clay drum, riq, tar, maracas, naqqara, gankogui, temple blocks, Tibetan bell); Michael Rivard (vocals, acoustic bass, axatse); Russ Gold (congas, bongos, tom-toms, cymbals, cowbells, wood blocks, gankogui, naqqara).

Additional personnel: Warren Senders (vocals); Steve Gorn (bamboo flute); Mick Goodrick (guitar); Godwin Agbeli (kidi, atsimevu).

Recorded at The Outpost,
Read more Stoughton, Massachusetts in June 1992. Includes liner notes by Warren Senders.

Like post-bop jazz, traditional Indian music emphasizes modal improvisation -- which explains why it had so strong and powerful an influence on John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders and quite a few other post-bop greats. What makes Natraj different from them is that the adventurous Boston-based quartet does more than incorporate elements of Indian music some of the time -- Natraj makes combining jazz and Indian spiritual music the primary focus. Natraj's instrumentation is unorthodox; leader Phil Scarff's soprano and tenor saxophones are united with tablas (Jerry Leake), bass (Michael Rivard) and percussion (Russ Gold). From Trane's "Resolution" to Scarff's own pieces, Meet Me Anywhere offers a unique, often seamless integration of east and west that is as ambitious as it is individualistic. ~ Alex Henderson, AllMusic Read less

Works on This Recording

Work(s) by Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Natraj

Sound Samples

Drop the Knife Twice
A Love Supreme: II. Resolution (arr. P. Scarff)
Friends Everywhere
Meet Me Anywhere
Avu Matodzo (arr. D. Locke and P. Scarff)
Suite 203

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