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Badal Roy
বাদল রায়
Birth nameAmarendra Roy Chowdhury
OriginNew York City
GenresJazz fusion, world music
Occupation(s)Tabla maestro
Years active1959–present
Badal Roy (Bengali: বাদল রায়; born Amarendra Roy Chowdhury) was a tabla player, percussionist, and recording artist known for his work in jazz, world music, and experimental music.
1 Biography
2 Musical career
3 Musical style
4 Discography
4.1 As leader
4.2 With Amit Chatterjee
4.3 With Ornette Coleman
4.4 With Miles Davis
4.5 With Steve Gorn
4.6 With Richie Havens
4.7 With Bill Laswell
4.8 With David Liebman
4.9 With Herbie Mann
4.10 With John McLaughlin
4.11 With Yoko Ono
4.12 With Mike Richmond
4.13 With Perry Robinson
4.14 With Pharoah Sanders
4.15 With Lonnie Liston Smith
4.16 With Leni Stern
4.17 With Steve Turre
4.18 With Barney McAll & Rufus Cappadocia
4.19 With Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts
4.20 With other artists
5 References
6 External links
Badal Roy was born into a Hindu family in a predominantly Muslim eastern Bengal region in Comilla, British India in 1939 (which later became East Pakistan, then Bangladesh). He speaks the Bengali, English, Hindi, and Urdu languages. His father was a government official who served in the distinguished position of Joint Secretary. His nickname, Badal (meaning "rain," "cloud," or "thunder" in the Bengali language), was given to him by his grandfather after he began crying in the rain as a baby.
An early inspiration for Roy was American popular music, and he particularly enjoyed the music of artists such as Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, and Nat King Cole. His first exposure to jazz came when he saw a concert by Duke Ellington and his 60-member orchestra at the Metropole Hotel in Karachi, West Pakistan in 1959; he and his brother were the only Pakistanis in attendance (the rest of the audience was white).
Roy received a master's degree in statistics. He came to New York City in 1968 to work on a PhD With only eight dollars in his pocket, he began working as a busboy and waiter in various Indian restaurants, including Taste of India and Raga. He later settled in East Brunswick Township, New Jersey.
Musical career
Roy began playing the tabla at age 10 or 11, under guidance from his maternal uncle in Comilla. After coming to New York, he began performing with Steve Gorn at a Manhattan restaurant called Raga, eventually attracting the attention of Miles Davis. Davis invited Roy to join his group, and he recorded on Davis's albums On the Corner (1972), Big Fun (1969–72; released 1974), and Get Up with It (1970–74). Roy subsequently performed and recorded with many leading jazz musicians, including Davis, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, Pat Metheny, Lester Bowie, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Purna Das Baul, Yoko Ono, and Ornette Coleman (playing in Coleman's electric band Prime Time). In the 1990s Roy began performing with the Brazilian guitar duo Duofel. He has also collaborated with Ken Wessel and Stomu Takeishi in a fusion trio named Alankar. They currently have one album entitled Daybreak.
Roy has appeared and offered workshops at RhythmFest, the Starwood Festival, and at the SpiritDrum Festival, a special tribute to the late Babatunde Olatunji (co-sponsored by ACE and Musart) with Muruga Booker, Jim Donovan of Rusted Root, Halim El-Dabh, Richie "Shakin'" Nagan, Jeff Rosenbaum and Sikiru Adepoju, among others. He often plays with Muruga Booker in the Global Village Ceremonial Band, and with Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts. In 2004, Roy worked with Richie Havens on the album The Grace of the Sun. In the first half of 2006, Roy travelled to Japan to appear in a tribute for David Baker, his recently deceased recording engineer and friend.
In addition to tabla, Roy also plays a variety of percussion instruments including shakers, bells, rain stick, and flexatone. His notable students include Geoffrey Gordon.
In 2008, the album Miles From India, a tribute to Miles Davis on which Roy appeared, received a Grammy nomination.
Musical style
Unlike many tabla players, Roy does not come from a family of professional musicians and is essentially self-taught, although he studied with his late maternal uncle Dwijendra Chandra Chakraborty as a child, and also studied briefly with Alla Rakha. Consequently, his playing is freer than that of many other tabla players, who adhere more strictly to the tala system of Indian rhythm. He often plays a set of up to eight tabla (tuned to different pitches) and two baya at a time, which he plays melodically as well as rhythmically.
As leader
1997 – One in the Pocket (Nomad Records)
1998 – Daybreak – Alankar
2002 – Kolkata Rose (with Geoff Warren)
2002 – Raga Roni (with Perry Robinson & Ed Schuller) Geeta
With Amit Chatterjee
1997 – Endless Radiance (Art of the Duo) (Tutu)
With Ornette Coleman
1995 – Tone Dialing (Harmelodic/Verve)
With Miles Davis
1974 – Big Fun (2xLP) Columbia Records, 2xCD Columbia (reissued 2000)
1974 – Get Up With It (2xLP) Columbia Records 1974 (2xCD Coline 1991, 2000)
1988 – Miles Davis: The Columbia Years 1955–1985 (Box set, also 4xCD) Columbia
1993 – On The Corner (CD, Album) Columbia Records, (Legacy reissued 2000)
1997 – Miles Davis In Concert: Live At Philharmonic Hall, Legacy
1998 – Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969–1974
With Steve Gorn
1983 – Yantra: Flute and Tabla (reissued 1994) (Music of the World)
1982 – Asian Journal (with Nana Vasconcelos & Steve Gorn) (Nomad Records)
With Richie Havens
2004 – Grace of the Sun
With Bill Laswell
1998 – Sacred System: Nagual Site (CD) BMG
2000 – Lo. Def Pressure (LP & CD) Sub Rosa
With David Liebman
1974 – Lookout Farm (LP) ECM Records
1975 – Passing Dreams (reissued 1998, 2002)
1975 – Drum Ode (LP) ECM Records
1975 – Sweet Hands Horizon Records
1975 – Ashirbad (reissued 2002)
1976 – Father Time
With Herbie Mann
Sun Belt (Atlantic)
With John McLaughlin
1970 – My Goals Beyond Knit Classics (Ryko)
With Yoko Ono
1982 – It's Alright (I See Rainbows)
1992 – Onobox
1992 – Walking on Thin Ice
With Mike Richmond
1988 – Basic Tendencies (with Glen Velez) (Nomad Records)
1982 – Asian Journal (with Nana Vasconcelos & Steve Gorn) (Nomad Records)
With Perry Robinson
1978 – Kundalini
With Pharoah Sanders
1972 – Wisdom Through Music (Impulse! Records)
1974 – Love in Us All (CD) Universal Music (Japan)
With Lonnie Liston Smith
Astral Traveling (Flying Dutchman, 1973)
With Leni Stern
1991 – Ten Songs
1998 – Recollection
With Steve Turre
1992 – Sanctified Shells
2000 – In the Valley of Sacred Sound – Harold E. Smith
With Barney McAll & Rufus Cappadocia
2003 – Vivid Jazzhead
With Michael Wolff & Impure Thoughts
2000 – Impure Thoughts Indianola Music
2001 – Intoxicate Indianola Music
2004 – Dangerous Vision Artemis Records
2006 – Love & Destruction Rong Records
With other artists
1967 – Virgo Vibes – Roy Ayers Atlantic (reissued 2002)
1979 – Earthquake Island – Jon Hassell (Tomato Music)
1984 – Mood Swing – The Nails (LP) RCA
1989 – Dancing with the Lion – Andreas Vollenweider (CD) CBS (reissued with bonus tracks 2005)
1993 – Angel Rodeo – Lisa Sokolov Laughing Horse Records
1993 – Prophecy: The Whale & the Elephant Trade Notes on the State of the World – Zusaan Kali Fasteau (Flying Note)
1994 – Espelho das Águas – Duofel (CD)(Velas)
1997 – Rising Sun – D. K. Dyson (Ocean Records)
1998 – Wake Up And Dream – Ekstasis (CD) CyberOctave
2000 – Musica (with Luiz Bueno) MCD World Music
2001 - Little Torch - Album: Rocket House - Chris Whitley
2001 – Export Quality – Dum Dum Project (2xLP) X-Squared Records
2001 – Daughters of the Sun – Nana Simopoulos (Na. Records)
2001 – Branching Out – William Cepeda (Blue Jackel)
2001 – The Sea to the North – Garth Hudson Woodstock Records
2002 – Of Unicorns and Jasmine ...A Lover's Tale – Simirillion (with Cecil Wilson) Canned Air Records
2002 – Sacred Spaces – Lee Boice
2003 – Rebirth – Children on the Corner (Sonance Records)
2003 – Heavy Skies – Roman Kunsman (Downtown Jazz)
2005 – Free Funk (with Muruga Booker & members of the Global Village Ceremonial Band, Perry Robinson & Belita Woods) Qbico 2005
2006 – Vivid (with Barney Mcall & Rufus Cappadocia) Jazzhead Oz
Songs For Sitar and Tabla (with Arooj Lazewai) Cassette (Music of the World)
2007 – Bonfire Dreams – Various Artists, ACE
2008 – OrthoFunkOlogy – Free Funk (with Muruga Booker & Perry Robinson) Musart
2008 – An die Musik – Nobu Stowe & Alan Munshower with Badal Roy (Soul Note)
2008 – Miles From India – Various Artists (4Q/Times Square Records)
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