A little New Year’s gift for all the dear followers of Harmonium.
This album claims to capture Mehdi Hassan live in concert in New York. I find that to be a somewhat dubious statement as each track has a very ‘studio’ feel to it. Clean, sonically level and with none of the rough edges and spoken asides that accompany all live performances.
But I’m happy to be proven wrong.
Regardless of the veracity of the album’s title, the music is top quality. Mehdi’s tenor is suave and unforced. He delivers each ghazal with the panache of the supremely accomplished, hardly breaking a sweat. That doesn’t mean he is simply running through the material passion-baghair. Rather, he is at the top of his game. In the flow and full of grace.
And that seems to be a good attitude to possess as one year ends and another is soon to begin.
Happy New Year 2017. Thank you for dropping by from time to time!
01 Fitrat ka wo Paimana Bata Yaad Hahin Hai
02 Kabhi Kaha na Kisi Se Tere Fasane Ko Na Jane Kaise Khabbar ho Gayi Zamane Ko
03 Haath Men le ke Jam-e-mai Aaj Wo Muskara Diya
04 Gulon ki Baat Karo
05 Ajab Janoon-e-mussafat Mein Ghar se Nikla Tha
06 Yoon to Pahle Bhi Hui Us Se Kayi Baar Juda
07 Sehar Hoi Bhi to Ham ne Deeye Bhujai Nahin