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Articles by Sanjoy Narayan

The opening notes of a new wave: Sanjoy Narayan writes on British jazz

Trace a story of royal courts, Caribbean immigrants, and a joyous new sound exemplified by the young Ezra Collective. In this week’s Download Central.

Like alchemists of sound, the Ezra Collective blends traditional jazz with contemporary sounds, including hip hop, soul, funk, and Nigerian Afrobeat. (Via Instagram)
Updated on May 10, 2024 06:45 PM IST

Can one brand Finnish them off? Sanjoy Narayan on Valco’s cult headphones

The flagship noise-cancelling model, the VMK20, is almost half the price of anything comparable. The company has a unique approach to marketing too.

Updated on Jul 29, 2022 03:23 PM IST

The Band beyond description: How Dylan’s ensemble chorus found its voice

They dug deep into the roots of rock music and blended that with country, folk, R&B and soul, to create a sound that was exclusively theirs.

Album art for The Basement Tapes, released in 1975. The group of musicians that backed Dylan on this album later formed The Band.
Updated on May 21, 2021 09:37 PM IST

A dip in the Arctic: Sanjoy Narayan on his love for ice-swimming

Nothing can prepare you for the shock of stripping down and descending into an ice-hole in the dead of Finland’s winter. But after the shock comes a euphoria. There’s a reason ice-swimmers are addicted, and some won’t even warm up in a sauna afterwards.

The author, photographed by a drone while descending into an ice-hole in Helsinki. (Photo: Sami Kero)
Published on Mar 19, 2021 05:15 PM IST

The Allman Brothers Band: A final closure

The Allman Brothers Band ended in 2014; but Gregg Allman’s death gives that a sad finality

The Allman Brothers Band’s diverse fan club came together to mourn Gregg Allman’s (above) recent death(Getty images)
Updated on Jun 11, 2017 12:05 AM IST
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Indulging in micro-doses of Metal in May

In Finland, the world’s capital of extreme metal, let’s take a plunge into the genre

Metal veterans Rotten Sound play ‘grindcore’ metal, a genre characterised by micro-songs delivered with a high intensity(
Updated on May 28, 2017 01:26 PM IST
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The Insomniac’s Playlist

On a sleepless night, a podcast that spreads its magic and fills your head

Songs by The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a collaboration between Les Claypool (left) and Sean Lennon, are a real treat on Endless Boundaries Jam Radio, a Philadelphia-based podcast(Getty Images)
Updated on Jun 02, 2017 05:37 PM IST
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The Bard of the Barroom

Craig Finn’s music is all in the lyrics and those always tell gritty, compelling stories

Craig Finn is an exponent of Sprechgesang or speech song(Getty Images)
Published on Apr 29, 2017 09:51 PM IST
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The one-man jam band

Keller Williams is a musician who’s greater than the sum of many parts

Live phrased looping is the hallmark of Keller Williams’s music(Getty Images)
Published on Apr 15, 2017 09:10 PM IST
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Many years later... Ten years after

Why the British blues rock band Ten Years After and guitarist Alvin Lee need a rediscovery

Alvin Lee, front man and lead guitar player of British blues-rock band Ten Years After, was known for his superfast style of playing(Getty Images)
Published on Apr 01, 2017 09:36 PM IST
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Still got the blues

Two bluesmen, one young and the other old, but both with blistering guitars

Bryan Lee has magic in his guitar and a voice that belies his age(Getty Images)
Published on Mar 18, 2017 09:03 PM IST
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Benign bluesmen of Delhi

They won the Mahindra Blues Band Hunt this year but BLU deserves much bigger plaudits

BLU, barely two years old, are as much a Delhi band as they are Darjeeling’s(Saumya Khandelwal)
Published on Mar 02, 2017 03:24 PM IST
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Unknown knight of indie music

Mark Eitzel could be one of today’s best musicians you have never heard of

Sometimes you randomly discover a musician and realise that not everyone gets the acclaim that they deserve; Mark Eitzel is one of them
Published on Feb 11, 2017 08:51 PM IST

Two Old Gems

Rediscovering Leon Russell; and looking back at John Mayall

John Mayall has led numerous bands and counts as being someone who has provided a launching pad for many musicians(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jan 28, 2017 08:22 PM IST
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A Phish feast for the new year

Going to a gig by this hard-touring band is like being on a magical flight

At the Phish run, every person stood up and danced – each on a journey of their own, moving to whatever the music meant to them individually(Getty Images)
Published on Jan 14, 2017 07:34 PM IST

Did you miss these two albums in 2016?

Paul Simon and Wilco released low-key gems last year. Check them out

Paul Simon can be called the pioneer of “indie-folk” if that means songs with literate lyrics and innovative musical compositions(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 31, 2016 06:56 PM IST

The Stones dig deep into their roots

Their latest album is their first pure cover of old blues songs. And it’s brilliant

The Rolling Stones, who turned 54 this year, have for the first time dropped an album with covers of old blues songs(Getty Images)
Updated on Apr 21, 2017 08:34 PM IST

Requiem for a soul sister: Farewell, Sharon Jones

Farewell to the vivacious R&B singer that was Sharon Jones

Jones had been suffering from cancer for the past several years, although she performed and released records that never betrayed the pain she was going through intermittently(Getty Images)
Published on Dec 03, 2016 06:36 PM IST

Reliving the Last Waltz with a book on The Band’s final gig

The Band’s final gig turns 40; and a book brings back memories

The uniqueness of The Band’s music is that it’s at once folky and psychedelic(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 08:33 PM IST

Godfather of Gloom: Could Leonard Cohen’s latest album be his last?

In many ways the nine songs on Cohen’s You Want It Darker, could be interpreted as being about mortality; of having settled earthly matters and being ready to move on, writes Sanjoy Narayan.

Leonard Cohen is a great companion to brood along with on a lonely evening that isn’t turning out to be happy(Redferns via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 05, 2016 07:46 PM IST
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Bob Dylan redux: Growing up with the music of the legend

Post his Nobel Prize win, it has been a Dylan redux for Sanjoy Narayan.

I don’t remember the last time I pulled out a Dylan album, but after he won the Nobel Prize, there were no excuses.(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 23, 2016 12:40 PM IST
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One last treat for fans of the man who gave us Dixie Chicken

A listen at Lowell George’s last and only solo album

A creation of artist Neon Park, this cover of Lowell George’s last album before he died, is bold, distinctive and laden with a sense of humour
Updated on Oct 08, 2016 08:28 PM IST

Charles Mingus’s creativity as a jazz musician atones for all his mood swings

Sanjoy Narayan revists a genius and a very difficult man.

Many consider Mingus Ah Um to be the double-bassist, composer, bandleader, and genius Charles Mingus’s best album.(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 25, 2016 12:14 PM IST

Download Central: A native American band and some Blo

Sanjoy Narayan traces history and ancestry through music.

Redbone was the first native American rock band; it gave a voice to the indigenous people(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 11, 2016 11:15 AM IST

Why Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the greatest jazz albums of all time

Musician Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, writes Sanjoy Narayan.

Musician Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the greatest jazz albums of all time.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 28, 2016 09:59 AM IST

Download Central: Crank up some Eggs Over Easy

What’s it like listening to a forgotten genre of retro music on a vintage amp?

Lost stars: The American band Eggs Over Easy may have pioneered the forgotten genre of pub rock in London, but sadly, they had no brush with fame (Photo courtesy:
Updated on Aug 14, 2016 10:45 AM IST

In with the old: What makes Faith No More such a great band

Like many great bands, Faith No More is often underrated and its frontman Mike Patton not as well-known as he ought to be

Mike Patton, Faith No More’s frontman, can not only sing in Italian and Spanish, but also has a stupendous vocal range(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 30, 2016 06:36 PM IST

When Elton John is your DJ...

…you discover new musicians and unearth classic old gems, introduced with rare nuggets of information and a personal touch, writes Sanjoy Narayan.

Updated on Jul 16, 2016 08:27 PM IST

Why singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding should be on your playlist

Grammy Award-winning American singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding’s latest album is a gold mine for Jazz aficionados

A few years back Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz musician to win a Grammy in the best new artist category.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 02, 2016 10:00 PM IST

Download Central: Here’s why the new Grateful Dead tribute album is epic

Last month, a new Grateful Dead tribute album dropped – a 5-CD, 59 songs collection by musicians across panoply of genres. And it’s epic!

Help on the way: The Grateful Dead celebrated its 50th anniversary a year ago with five sold-out concerts. But if you’ve missed out on the Dead, then Day of the Dead could be the album that finally introduces you to their music(Bettmann Archive)
Updated on Jun 18, 2016 09:17 PM IST
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