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ARTIST
TITLE
A Raga For Peter Walker
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
TSQ 1622CD TSQ 1622CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/24/2006

"Guitarist Peter Walker came up in the Cambridge, MA and Greenwich Village folk scenes of the '60s. He recorded two albums for the Vanguard label in the late '60s. Their style can best be described as American folk raga. He studied with Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, and was Dr. Timothy Leary's musical director, organizing music for his 'Celebrations.' His debut album from 1967, Rainy Day Raga, features one of the first studio appearances by jazz flautist Jeremy Steig, as well as guitarist Bruce Langhorne, who recorded with Bob Dylan and many others. It is a gentle and beautiful fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions, and one of the earliest examples of a style introduced by Sandy Bull several years earlier. The second album, Second Poem to Karmela or Gypsies Are Important (1969) found Walker going even deeper into Indian instrumentation, playing sarod and sitar. The musicians Peter played with or was associated with during this time period include Lowell George, Sandy Bull, Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Joan Baez, and many others. Peter Walker's first recordings in 37 years appear on A Raga For Peter Walker, which features four new tracks from Peter and original unreleased compositions by revered guitarists Steffen Basho-Junghans, Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Greg Davis, Thurston Moore, and Shawn David McMillen. More a tip of the hat than a 'tribute' album, these players all share an appreciation for a musician whose small yet amazing body of work still resonates."