Although not an actual member of Frank Zappa‘s band, Lakshmirnarayana Shankar definitely made a mark on countless numbers of Zappa’s fans (including myself, I might add) when he first appeared on stage with Zappa in Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany on September 7th, 1978, performing “The Deathless Horsie” alongside Zappa – as well as L. Shankar’s subsequent appearances in concerts in the tours that followed. Whether it was Ponty, or Sugarcane Harris, Zappa always had an ear for the unique and innovative player – and L. Shankar was no exception.
Today’s Sunday Big Note combines the talents of Lakshmirnarayana Shankar, Jan Garbarek, Trilok Gurtu and Naná Vasconcelos – all have made records for the German label, ECM, either under their own names or as participants in somebody else’s groups, yet to my knowledge, these four have never appeared together on an official release – performing in this live FM broadcast from the Blue Danube Jazz Summit in Hollabrunn, Austria on July 6th, 1985:
Rest and Peace/Let’s Go Home
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Song For Everyone
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[audio:SBN_20110116_04 Watching You.mp3]
Ali’s Halluzinations Pt. I
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Ali’s Halluzinations Pt. II
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Lakshmirnarayana Shankar* – 10-string double violin
Jan Garbarek – tenor and soprano saxophones
Trilok Gurtu – percussion
Naná Vasconcelos – percussion
Note: the above video are Handycam fragments of these same players from their performance at the 14th Debrecen Jazzdays, Jazz Napok, Debrecen Sport Hall, Debrecen, Hungary (sometime between July 18-21, 1985) performing “Conversation” and “Watching You”.
*L. Shankar now currently goes by the name Shenkar.