Thursday, November 13, 2008

Melodia Ensemble

Melodia Ensemble - Concert In Bombay Melodia C60-14933-34 (1980)

Russian State label Jazzers in India - whatever next!

A killer LP of funky big band grooves. As is so often the case with Eastern European releases in the 70s & 80s, musical trends tended to lag behind their western equivalents, both technologically and stylistically and this release is no different - so don't let the year fool you.

The Jazz Festival in Bombay is one of the most exotic in the world. Unusual combinations of musical cultures from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, the presence of many distinguished masters of jazz and a sensitive and sympathetic audience - all of which made the festival "Jazz Yatra-80" an extremely happy and colourful one.

The brochure issued by the organizers of the festival - National Jazz Committee of India, Secretary General Committee Narayan Dzhaverm quotes Mahatma Gandhi and has become the motto of the festival: "I want the windows and doors of my house to be wide open. I give the cultures of all countries free entry into my house". Bulgaria, Germany, England, Sweden, Poland, USA, Yugoslavia, Finland, the Soviet Union - this is far from a complete list of participating countries in the festival.

So, back to the album... Original compositions, funky basslines, tight jazzy horns and plenty of Moog. Completely delicious and further proof, should you need any, that exceptional music can have the most unusual origins.

1) Holiday
2) Opus N° 2
3) The Old Fort
4) Whirlpool
5) Remembering A Friend
6) Birds In The Window


Quimsy said...

dj/Artist said...

Thanks, don't know this one. But indian jazz is always... :-)

Solomon said...

Thank you.

fritz the cat said...

interesting, thaks

bacoso said...

terrific !!!completely new to me - many thanks for the introduction.

Reza said...

Excellent (as always here) thanks quimsy :)

avocado kid said...

Sounds fantastic!!!

ajnabi said...

I"m a collector of Indian exotica. Thanks so much!

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The album cover is really nice, I think that it is wonderful because it has many forms like animals, I think so, I can see there an elephant and a snake!!22dd!!

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It has been a while since the last time that I saw a LP. It is a pity that it is quite hard to find one.