Nishlyn Ramanna (feat. Stan Sulzmann) | A Thought

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A Thought

by Nishlyn Ramanna (feat. Stan Sulzmann)

South African jazz with strong European and American influences and elements of Indian music. Featuring Stan Sulzmann on saxophones/alto flute.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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1. Quintessentially
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2. Hymn To Him
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3. A Thought (solo)
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4. The Beautiful Room Is Empty
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5. N3 East
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6. Song For My Sister
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7. A Thought
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8. Pisces
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9. Oatlands Road Blues
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'A Thought' is the debut recording by South African pianist/composer Nishlyn Ramanna. Ramanna’s music draws upon South African and Indian influences, within a setting highly influenced by both American and European jazz. Many of the compositions on ‘A Thought’ were originally performed live with Mosaic, a highly successful South African improvisation group of which Ramanna was a founding member. On this recording Ramanna is joined by British musicians, bringing new interpretations of the material. The presence of top saxophonist Stan Sulzmann brings a new edge to Ramanna’s music, which this recording deserves to bring to wider attention outside of his home country.

Nishlyn Ramanna - Piano | Stan Sulzmann - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Alto Flute | James Opstad - Fretless Bass | Jon Opstad - Drums, Percussion

Recorded in Bristol, Cambridge & London, UK, March 2004 - April 2005

"A sense of European impressionism imbues the majority of A Thought…[its] understated elegance is a fine introduction to Nishlyn Ramanna." John Kelman,


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CLare Loveday, University of the Witwatersrand, Music Division

boldly simple, introspective without being indulgent, extraordinarily subtle
A Thought is boldly simple, introspective without being indulgent, extraordinarily subtle, and very gentle with space between the notes to give you time to reflect on what’s being done. I find it enormously impressive.
It is interesting to hear many musical influences: Indian music, the African jazz of someone like Abdullah Ibrahim, the lyricism of pianists like Keith Jarrett (in his gentler moments) and Bill Evans. Although there are moments where some of these influences come to the fore, I rarely found them intrusive or overwhelming; instead they blend into a very unique sound. Some might consider this CD to be ‘easy listening’ but I find it intriguingly multi-layered as more and more is revealed with each listening.