Gopalnath, Kadri / Scintillating Sax
Album: Scintillating Sax   Collection:World
Artist:Gopalnath, Kadri   Added:Nov 2002

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-01-13 Pull Date: 2003-03-17 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Feb 16 Feb 9 Feb 2 Jan 26 Jan 19
Airplays: 2 1 1 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 18, 2021: No Cover, No Minimum: Monday Edition (rebroadcast from Jul 2, 2018)
Gnaana Vinaayakane
4. Jun 14, 2005: It's different
Marugelara O Raghava
2. Jul 02, 2018: No Cover, No Minimum: Monday Edition
Gnaana Vinaayakane
5. Mar 30, 2005: It's different
Kripaya Paalaya
3. Mar 01, 2018: Melange
Swami Sangeeta
6. Mar 28, 2005: It's different
Marugelara O Raghava

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-12-16
Gopalnath, Kadri: Scintillating Sax - South Indian Classical Music
Label: Dunya

This is a really cool CD! Gopalnath is a brilliant saxophonist who uses an alto sax to perform Indian classical music ragas. He uses this "western" instrument in such a way that he's attracted a lot of attention from serious jazz circles. This CD is not an East-West "fusion", though. These are truly traditional S. Indian classical songs performed through a different choice of instruments. The improvisational aspects of Gopalnath's sax playing may resemble some of the wildest jazz licks - but the music is distinctly Indian and incredibly exotic. I dare the jazz shows to give this CD a play! Try: 1,3,4,5.

1. Full of celebratory flourishes. Lively improvisation and interaction w/ violin. Perky & rhythmic. This is a raga that prays to the elephant-headed god Vinayaka.
2. Lively and melodic improvisations, some very dramatic moments. Sax alternates w/ violin; has a very strong jazz-like sound to it.
3. A more contemplative piece, begins w/ meditative & flowing improvisations, picks up some intensity later. Fun bouncy sounds of the jew's harp.
4. This is a long piece, that starts really softly and develops rather slowly. A clay pot (ghatam adds some percussive tones. The melodic theme is slowly built up, halfway through the piece the improvisations become more and more lively. Strong finishing flourishes from a variety of instruments (including jew's harp & the ghatam).
5. Apparently this is a snake-charmer's song. Very cool & exotic.
6. Short & sweet - playful improvisations.
Also short & sweet & playful.

Track Listing
1. Gnaana Vinaayakane   4. Kripaya Paalaya
2. Sabhapathikku Vearu Deivam   5. Magudi
3. Marugelara O Raghava   6. Swami Sangeeta
  7. Bhagyaada Lakshmi