Best of 2018 #16: Sarathy Korwar – “My East Is Your West”


The question of influence is not just one of music theory, but also of perspectives.  On his 2018 release My East Is Your West, Sarathy Korwar configures a new, more honest balance of how an Indian music influence upon jazz might sound, and it’s one of the strongest statements made this year.  The timing couldn’t have been better.  Even if the perspectives have been skewed at times, the branching out to other cultures is a good thing when done with sincerity.  And with the resurgence of an Indian music influence in the jazz sphere, Korwar’s point of view is a welcome bit of guidance… and perspective.  It’s also one of the more enjoyable recordings to hit the shelves this year.  I am addicted to his renditions of “Journey In Satchidananda” and “Hajj.”  Be sure to check out my interview of Korwar by following the Bandcamp link below.

Released on Gearbox Records.

Music from London, UK.

I wrote about this album for The Bandcamp Daily.

Available at:  Bandcamp | Amazon