Jazz Carnatica

by Arun Ramamurthy

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Smekermann An incredible jazz/Carnatic fusion album. Arun Ramamurthy is quite good on the ol' violin strings, if you'll pardon my eloquence. He's backed by an absolutely monstrous rhythm section, too, though. Sameer Gupta and Perry Wortman make brilliance sound almost... casual, that is how effortless their serpentine grooves feel.

If you enjoy the original incarnation of Shakti, or John McLaughlin, or jazz/Indian Classical fusion in general, you owe it to yourself to check this album out. Favorite track: Conception.
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Dhanasri 05:25
Maha G 07:20
Conception 07:01
Revati 06:22


Violinist Arun Ramamurthy's Trio discovers new aspects of millennia-old pieces and moments of organic conversation between two traditions, both based on a balance of rigor and freedom. They stay true to the raga, the modes which form the melodic foundation for Indian classical composition, while finding the full sonic identity of a skilled ensemble.

Yet sticking to the raga does not mean stumbling into sterile technical showmanship or pedantic strictness. Ramamurthy’s instrument soars and growls, sings and dances, in beautiful tandem with drummer Sameer Gupta and bassist Perry Wortman. With the perfect pitch of Indian classical violin and the gritty lilt of American fiddle, Ramamurthy goes to evocative places of longing and joy, sentiments common in Indian devotional music—and in certain strains of jazz.


released October 18, 2014

Arun Ramamurthy - violin
Perry Wortman - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums

Guest artists:
Marc Cary - piano
Trina Basu - violin
Akshay Anantapadmanabhan  - mridangam

Jazz Carnatica was recorded at The Bunker Studio
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Recorded & Edited by Aaron Nevezie. May 5, 2013.
Mixed by John Davis, Sameer Gupta, Arun Ramamurthy
Mastered by Marc Cary 
Band Photography by Nisha Sondhe
Design by Amy Gail
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