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November 6th, 2019


Matthew Halsall - Journey in Satchidananda

It takes a lot of guts to cover a tune as revered as Journey in Satchidananda. The biggest change that Matthew Halsall and the Gondwana Orchestra make here is to entirely do away with the tanpura drone. I'd always considered it an essential part of the original, the earth from which the bass digs that rolling organic rhythm. Actually, with its absence it gives drummer Gaz Hughes space to make some amazing cymbal textures, the mist from which this track emerges. Absolutely phenomenal recording, terrific fidelity from the team at the BBC's Maida Vale studio.

Matthew Halsall - Journey in Satchidananda