John Kaizan Neptune

River Rhythm

 Why do a recording in India? There are so many great musicians and interesting instruments in the Indian tradition, and I like working with musicians who speak a different language. The idea for this project began as a dream that drummer Lewis Pragasam and I shared when we first met in 1982. We both have a great love and respect for Indian music as well as jazz and all kinds of music around the world. Our idea was to do a recording featuring the beauty and energy of Indian instruments in a somewhat Western setting: some chord changes (Indian music does not have harmonic progressions), tunes that are not too long, and a basic Western rhythm section-- keyboard, bass, drums. Mridangam player Madurai T. Srinivasan said to me after finishing A Piece in Our Time, "You are Ali Baba and we are the forty thieves." I later found out that he meant, "You lead us into this cave (the studio) and we go through these crazy adventures (the music)." I want to thank all the "thieves" on this recording. With everyone's help we were able to "steal" a few magic moments and put them on tape.


River Rhythm
Adyar Sunrise
Two Pockets
High on Five
String Offering
Bring to Light
Shades of Blue
Quiet Essence
A Piece in Our Time

All music composed and arranged by John Kaizan Neptune
Recorded at Media Artists, Madras, February 18-25, 1993


John Kaizan Neptune-Shakuhachi
V.S. Narasimhan-Violin
Masa Matsuda-Keyboards
Lewis Pragasam-Drums
P.M.K. Naveen Kumar-Indian Flute
R. Visweswaran-Santoor
R. Parthasarathy-Veena
Anayampatti S. Ganesan-Jalatharangam
Viji Manuel-Keyboard Bass
Madurai T. Srinivasan-Mridangam
A.S. Shankar-Ghatam
Y.P. Prasad-Tabla, Tabla Tharang
Srirangam S. Kannan-Morsing
Y. Sathyanarayana-Pakhavaj
G. Vijaya Raghavan-Khanjira
K. Sekar-Tavil

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