The story of Finding Carlton – Uncovering the Story of JAzz in India – illuminates the linkage between jazz and Bollywood.. of course Bollywood borrowed freely from other Western sources, and continues to do so even today – We love it..Jazz is alive … well , in Bollywood
We came across a terrific blogsite www.itwofs.com that works diligently to “keep the music honest” and details hundreds of “straight lifts and inspired by’s” that show up in India’s vast trove of commercial films, and even a few “super hit” commercials..and we respect Karthik for his diligence and hard work, in a world where nobody seems to care much about respecting source material anymore.
So we thought that the readers of this blog would be upto identifying some of the obvious Jazz Lifts !! take the Blue Rhythm Quiz , listen to these clips , and share your answers on the blog by clicking Leave a Comment,..FIRST THREE TO RESPOND ALL CORRECT – A FINDING CARLTON FILM POSTER
The Saxophone Colossus – A tribute
Two versions, from two rival composers just in case you didnt think you heard what you thought you heard
We have a funny feeling that Satchmo might have liked this, (but where’s the Swing ?!!)
Rosemary Clooney’s lyrics were cross cultural to start with ..
Cab Calloway kept alive in Bollywood- The chorus is brilliant !! Idli Do, Idli Do !
Inspired by Sidney Bechet !
Check out the the I Two FF’s blog site
Thanks to Stanley Pinto …who alerted us that Manohari Singh, master of the Saxophone and one the sweetest sax tones in India, passed away a few days ago,. Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to meet with him…
Here is an interview with Manohari Singhi with Ashwin Panemangelore, reproduced with thanks to Ashwin
You can hear his sax on many recordings and in the clips below
Includes a quote from Take Five ?!!
and also on Jazzmine..Shanker-Jaikishan’s fusion essay
In the trailer we glimpsed the dynamic drumming of a man behind the curtain.. from the 1966 Bollywood superhit “Teesri Manzil” (thanks to Nasir Hussain Films Pvt Ltd)..Who was this man ? What is the significance ? Learn more about this by clicking the image below !
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For more on Leslie Godinho see the post http://wp.me/pCySn-1i
Thanks Mansoor Khan and Nasir Hussein Films Pvt Ltd, for granting us permission to embed the clips from Teesri Manzil in the Trailer.
Many thanks for your support..
The clips feature the actual drumming of the Bollywood rhythm king – Leslie Godinho !
Ashwin and Sarita Panemangalore suggest this clip from Teesri Manzil as a great example of Leslie Godinho influence on Bollywood. His drum solo is the right at the beginning. Also check out the nice tone of Manohari Singh’s sax at 3:09 , right after Helen in Flamenco mode !… Was it the opening sequence that suggested the title for Greg Booth’s recent book, Behind the Curtain ? Click the link to see some video clips by Greg and Sunil Shanbag.
Ashwin says: ” Chic Chocolate, the Gomes brothers, George Fernandes. the Monseratte brothers, the Lord family, Goody, Manohari, Sebastian and scores of violinists whose unmatched sounds continue to be heard fifty years later in households and concert halls where old hindi film music is still revered.Sadly, few know who created that magic”
Thanks Ashwin and Sarita.
We can’t tell the story of jazz in India without recognizing its influence and contribution on Bollywood music..While we research and identify appropriate examples, here is a fun one that goes from Leslie Godinho’s drum solo opening , to 12 bars of horns playing a very traditional early jazz arrangement, to surf guitar (!) that interlaces with the vocal, and then at 1.47 – enter the Tijuana Brass (!) , at 3.10 the horns call and response with the vocal, at 3.50 the Tijuana Brass wander in (yet) again, followed by some Don Sebesky strings (!) at 4.15. Did you catch the flash cut at 0.57 ? That’s Leslie Godinho, the jazz drummer whose drumming and attack drive the whole tune. We are fortunate to have obtained a filmed interview with Leslie.
Click here for the You Tube link : Jaan Pehchaan Ho
Says Ashwin Panemangalore: ”Shankar Jaikishan with Sebastian arrangements of course. Completely irreverent stuff and all fun ! So much brass !”
Click here: The ghosts of the old Hindi Film Song
An excellent introduction to Bollwood’s debt to jazz musicians. It is written by Ashwin Panemangalore. Thanks Ashwin