Raga & Blues/ Rhapsody in Yaman

by Richard Bennett

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Here are excerpts from pianist Richard Bennett's albums "RAGA & BLUES" and "RHAPSODY IN YAMAN", both released by Mystica Music in India. On "Raga & Blues", he plays three ragas that have blues connotations for western ears. Each raga starts with a meditative solo piano alap. Bennett is then joined by bass and tabla for jazz and blues-inspired songs composed by him in the same raga. "Rhapsody in Yaman" has a more melodic bent and an expanded group featuring bansuri flute maestro Steve Gorn.
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"Pianist Richard Bennett has found a way to have instantly catchy tunes- riffs and ostinatos really- transcend jazz expectations while still focusing on improvisation." - Village Voice
"Richard Bennett, who is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists... his improvisations, are also exquisite and deep." - Music Mania
"Master Pianist" - Times of India

Here is a profile of Richard Bennett in the Indian Express of Pune from 2012:

epaper.indianexpress.com/c/94023?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151412549920457_31219975_10151412575305457#f3c7ae49736fbca

for videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiPODOSNqd0&list=PLgz11a3qWZnUm2GEjgsaW10U9tRAnSx7V

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released 10 June 2012

Richard Bennett - piano
with:
Steve Gorn - bansuri flute (#1, 2 & 3)
Siddharth Dayama - sarod (#8)
Gaku Takanashi - bass (#2, 3, 4, 6 & 7)
Naren Budhkar - tabla (#2, 4, 6 & 7)
Paula Jeanine - percussion (#1, 2 & 3)

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Richard Bennett Brooklyn, New York

"Pianist Richard Bennett has found a way to have instantly catchy tunes- riffs and ostinatos really- transcend jazz expectations while still focusing on improvisation." - Village Voice
"Richard Bennett, who is one of the most versatile and innovative pianists... his improvisations, are also exquisite and deep." - Music Mania
"Master Pianist" - Times of India
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