Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (4 stars)

Thrillingly diverse yet fluent sequence of Indian and flamenco that does justice to both

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Anoushka Shankar - Traveller

(Deutsche Grammophon)

With cutting-edge Spanish producer Javier Limón as collaborator, Anoushka Shankar (daughter of Ravi, sister of Norah Jones) brings together two strong cultures linked historically by nomadic Roma gypsies. Created more or less in the nine months of Shankar’s recent pregnancy, this is a thrillingly diverse yet fluent sequence of Indian and flamenco that does justice to both.

‘Bulería con Ricardo’, her explosive duet with flamenco pianist Ricardo Mino, which was the catalyst for it all, is simply outstanding. The other eleven pieces, involving a number of key artists in some stunning yet subtle fusions, is pretty darn fine too. Shankar, one of the few women in the world to play sitar, is undoubtedly moving into mature territory.

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