An absolute masterpiece, Ragas and Sagas is what fusion music ought to be. It strikes the right balance between Western instrumental and Eastern vocal music. A brilliant collaborative effort by Ustad Fateh Ali Khan of Patiala Gharana (not to be confused with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, please) and Norwegian Jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, this 1990 album is a bold, enticing journey down the lanes of Indian classical music. The music is augmented by the resonant voices of Fateh Ali Khan and Deepika Thathaal, as well as excellent Tabla work by Shaukat Hussain. Sarangi is played by Nazim Ali Khan, while Manu Katche is on the drums. Added to this is the magical Saxophone by Jan Garbarek. The result is simply stunning.
Yes, I’ve had this album since not long after it came out. It continues to be one of my favorite fusion works and a source of inspiration for my own Indo-jazz fusion work. Thanks for the clarification about Ustad Fateh Ali Khan. I must admit I was confused! Who is the sarangi player? And has anyone been able to transcribe the full lyrics sung? I have attempted to do so but have only gotten the sthai of each song. Will appreciate any comments about this.