Having just discovered the existence on this planet of saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath (via a New Yorker profile of Rudresh Mahanthappa), we can’t get enough of this virtuoso.
So we trooped over to Apple’s iTunes digital media store yesterday and like any cheapo desi searched for a good deal. And boy did we find one.
Yes, we found a really nice Kadri Gopalnath album for just $3.99. Sweet deal, na? 🙂
Kadri Gopalnath – Saxophone Vol 3 is the album we purchased and downloaded to our laptop and later synced to the iPod on our iPhone:
These are the tracks in the album:
Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai
First we listened spellbound to the music on the laptop’s speakers.
Then after syncing the purchased album to the iPod on our iPhone, we hit the couch, switched off the lights and listened to the music yet again.
After listening to them twice, and yes experiencing nirvana twice, we’re still having a hard time figuring the track we love the most.
But if you press us, we’d say our favorites were Theeradha Vilayattu Pillai and Magudi. The music in these two tracks transported us to a completely different world, particularly the second half of Magudi.
In these tracks, Kadri on the saxophone is accompanied by unknown others on other instruments including most likely the violin and mrudangam.
Don’t worry if Carnatic music is not your usual thing. Good music transcends genre-preferences.
Folks, we strongly recommend Kadri Gopalnath – Saxophone Vol 3.
At $3.99 for the album, you can’t go wrong.