Notes and Editorial Reviews
2. Drop the Knife Twice
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,
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
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Various
A Love Supreme: II. Resolution (arr. P. Scarff)
Avu Matodzo (arr. D. Locke and P. Scarff)
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