Home Rec.Jugalbandi Trio : Doab (B/IND,2005)***
This trio consist of Fabian Fiorini, piano, Suman Sarkar, tablas and Fabjan Beghin, bansuri flute and bells. The music is based upon North Indian classical Indian music with an improvisational aspect from jazz.
While the flute holds the perfect middle between Indian music and jazz inspirations, the piano is more or less entirely jazz improvisation. Both tabla and piano have high pitches, which does not make the combination of piano and tabla so obvious, because their sounds don’t have a harmonizing effect, which sitar and piano for instance do have (Czech Jiri Dohnal for instance composed in this combination, see next page). In this way the musical form is rather eclectic, and the true blending interaction between piano and tabla cannot appear, because both instruments are too much in their own world, and they play together with only some vague connected jazz harmony. So, while the music is very enjoyable, it is still needs something extra to go beyond a more obviously received “nice”. Whenever the flute appears the music is more complete. Also the track with bells, on “Raga Bageshree” works pretty well. The band keeps themselves listed as a rather improvisational band with a rather young vision, with a nice result. Promising (?).