This is “raga rock” if I've ever heard it.
and percussionist Ray Spiegel leads an energetic and vibrant world
music ensemble that includes himself additionally on dohl, manjeera,
marimba, and tabla; Ira Coleman (Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, Sting)
on bass; Robert Levin on percussion and talking drum; Ramesh Mishra
on sarangi; Melanie Richeson on harp and tanpura; Stan Scott on
harmonium; Tani Tabbal on cajon and drums; Frank Velardi on drums;
and Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn on bongos, congas, and djembe.
real standout is the late Stephen James, who, in addition to playing
violin, plays the sarod with the invigorating fire and fury of an
electric lead guitarist.
is an engaging sonic blend of East and West.