Radha Thomas: Blues, classical and all that's jazz!
Singer Radha Thomas' latest album, I Only Have Eyes For You, is out. It features a mix of jazz, bebop, hip hop, blues with Indian classical overtones. Much of the material is original, featuring compositions by Radha Thomas and her collaborator, pianist Aman Mahajan.music Updated: Sep 17, 2012 17:37 IST
Radha Thomas (vocals)
Thomas began headlining as a singer while still in her teens in rock n' roll band Human Bondage, which was India's most popular band in the late 70s. She soon developed a strong taste for jazz, her favourite kind of music, and began combining the tonal complexities of jazz with the rhythmic nuances of Indian classical music.
Radha Thomas (then Radha Shottam) represented India at European jazz festivals and made her way to New York, the home of jazz, where she lived and performed for almost 20 years with such musicians as John Scofield, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, John Faddis, Alex Blake, David Liebman, John Abercrombie, Ryo Kawasaki, Joe Farrell and many others in some of NYC's most famous jazz clubs including Sweet Basil, The Bottom Line, Alice Tully Hall and more.
Suresh Bascara (drums)
Bascara from France, studied the drums and percussion for over 10 years in Paris. In 1996 he was awarded a scholarship to study the tabla in Kolkata with Pandit Shankar Ghosh. He now lives and teaches in Auroville, and has participated in countless jazz, fusion and world music groups all over India. In 2006 he performed-with the trio Three Raags in Burma, as well as the jazz festival of Kolkata, which also featured saxophonist Kenny Garret and other jazz stars. A CD was also recently released by the group, titled Strange Fruits.
Ramjee Chandran (guitar)
Chandran is a self-taught jazz musician. His style tends towards bebop, influenced principally by horn players. After an early stab at scat-singing - performing a decade ago with singer Radha Thomas and jazz guitarist Gerard Machado - he turned to playing the guitar. He has played jazz guitar for UNK since its inception a year ago. By day he is Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of Explocity - one of India's leading media / publishing houses with print and digital products across India, New York and Dubai
1. CALL: Suresh Shottam, Radha Thomas
2. MENINA MOCA: Luiz Antonio, Radha Thomas
3. CONNECTIONS: Aman Mahajan, Radha Thomas
4. BLUESETTE: Toots Thielmans, Norman Gimbel
5. REFUGE: Aman Mahajan, Radha Thomas
6. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE: Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
7. I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU: Harry Warren, Al Dubin
8. WATERMELON MAN: Herbie Hancock, John Hendricks
Notes of Appreciation
Ron McClure, bassist for the famous American band Blood, Sweat and Tears said, "Provocative! Contempo to the max! You may have a hit on your hands?! Wow! (The album) sounds so good! Really inventive stuff, with a lot of expression."
Indian pop star Lucky Ali commented, "Eyes is stylish and cool... : That's what its about. It comes across as I listen to the tracks :."
New York based crossover jazz Steve Gorn: "Radha - Eyes is great! Loved your voice and the arrangements."
Recorded with her band, UNK: The Radha Thomas Ensemble, Eyes features an eclectic mix of jazz, bebop, hip-hop, blues, Indian classical music, rock and other influences.
Where to catch it:
* Tue 18 Sep: Delhi - Zorba Amphitheatre, Gurgaon
* Wed 19 Sep: Delhi -Out of the Box, Hauz Khas Village
* Sept 22: Goa - The Sol
* Sept 22: Bangalore - B Flat
First Published: Sep 17, 2012 15:23 IST