Babaji Bob Kindler | Tiger's Paw

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Tiger's Paw

by Babaji Bob Kindler

Enter into an incredible interplay of melody, harmony and complex rhythm as cello, flute and tabla tarong (many tuned tablas) create a marvelous blend of acoustic musical styles, drawing deftly from jazz, western classical and Indian music.
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1. The Master's Perpetual Play
5:53 album only
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2. Warrior Goddess
4:28 album only
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3. Tarong Sarong
8:41 album only
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4. Sojourn in Musical Realms
8:12 album only
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5. Tiger's Paw
4:15 album only
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6. Surfing Waves of Ecstasy
4:54 album only

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Album Notes
"New Age Album of the Month is Tiger's Paw, by cellist Babaji Bob Kindler. The mixture of sounds is simultaneously familiar and exotic, and the percussion may never have been so warmly and dramatically recorded." — New York City Tribune

"Cellist Babaji Bob Kindler has long been fascinated by India, South Pacific, jazz and classical form. He merges all these on his captivating release, Tiger's Paw. The musicianship and compositional vitality displayed on this album are impressive." — San Francisco Bay Guardian

"The unlikely but surprisingly compatible combination of cello, autoharp, flute and various tabla drums gives voice to this acoustic East-West fusion. The instrumental interaction is intriguing, with Kindler bringing out the flamboyance and substantial range of the cello, a much underutilized instrument in most conventional settings. Matching him for lively solo work is flutist Sulubika, while autoharp provides an appropriate shimmer of sympathetic strings. The most remarkable aspect of this album, however, is the use of the tablas. Kindler has specially tuned a tarong — a collection of tablas of different sizes and pitches. Over-all the album has an improvisational feel to it, with material serving as a showcase for the skill and technique of the players." — Earth Tones

"Babaji Bob Kindler is unique, to say the least. A cellist, he often plays jazz tinged with Eastern shadings. Tiger’s Paw is a slightly offbeat collection of some mighty fascinating music, inspired by Eastern Indian rhythms and melodies. There is a wonderful crispness in the recording, a testament to Kindler’s quality engineering, and lively interplay between the flute and cello. Two tracks, Warrior Goddess, with the cello so artfully replacing the sitar and some truly incredible tabla tarong work, and the title track, by themselves are well worth the price of the disc." — Online Digital Review

"Too much of what passes for 'New Age' or 'World Beat' music these days seems like lackluster imitations of itself. And one of the people being imitated a lot is Babaji Bob Kindler. We all know what the sincerest form of flattery is. You’d have to sit up and take notice at this album’s opening moments, for Kindler has a knack for taking the sounds of other cultures and making them eminently accessible. He is forever nimble, intelligent, and gentle, even when rocking hard. This is another superb album by Babaji Bob Kindler, filled with joy, energy and freshness." — New Times

"This is an intriguing blend of unlikely instruments. It’s East meets West in a truly synergistic context, not just “let’s put a sitar in the mix.” This highly improvisational ensemble explores themes of mysticism and cosmic awareness. Challenging, but not too obscure or esoteric." — Victory Review

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