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Jonas Hellborg, Shawn Lane And The Vinayakrams

By Robert Kaye
Published July 25, 2005


Released on bassist/producer Jonas Hellborg’s own Bardo Records label is its first-ever DVD, recorded in concert in 2001. It’s a fitting eulogium to the ingenious American guitarist Shawn Lane, who died last year. Hellborg and Lane forge mind-boggling Indo-jazz fusion along with venerated kanjeera (tambourine) player V. Selvaganesh and his two brothers on ghatam (clay pot) and vocals. A bang-up performance, this quintet handily cruises through extended raga-like improvisations with sensitivity and passion.