Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Movements (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:14 minutes | 627 MB | Genre: World
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © OK World
Jazzland and OK World present the latest offering from Harpreet Bansal, “Movements”. This remarkable new album follows on from her Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannprisen) nominated album in 2019, “Samaya”, and will further consolidate her reputation and garner yet more international acclaim for her deeply personal interpretation of the Indian raga tradition.
Although predominantly rooted in Indian musical traditions, Harpreet has incorporated elements from various styles and traditions, so that the music echoes with whispers of eastern Europe, Persia, jazz, classical minimalism, and even ambient Americana. While such music is richly woven with its various threads, it is never densely over-saturated, remaining spacious and light, meditative, with moments of exuberance and unison melody. For example, the triptych of “Walk In Walk Out” covers large territories, beginning with a moody blend of jazz and Indian elements in its first part, largely a dialogue between Harpreet’s pizzicato violin and guest artist Svante Henryson’s cello before the arrival of Vojtech Prochazka’s harmonium. The second part, follows on with a similar mood, but with a stronger definition of rhythm from Andreas Bratlie’s tablasna d Adrian Fiskum Myhr’s bass, forming a kind of blues-like shuffle, yet far-removed from that tradition in harmonic terms. The third part brings the full band together for a more fully structured exploration of the themes of the first two parts, with a greater urgency, racing through melodic and improvisational passages at a cracking pace, accelerating, rising and diving, with Javid Afsari-Rad’s santur chattering and ringing clear.
1. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Cirrus
2. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Brahmya
3. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Lajpat Nagar
4. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Walk in Walk out I
5. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Walk in Walk out II
6. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Walk in Walk out III
7. Harpreet Bansal & Harpreet Bansal Band – Aspects of Om