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File under: IndiaTraditional

Brij Bhushan Kabra

Scaling New Horizons with Guitar (LP)

Label: The Gramophone Company of India, EMI

Format: LP

Genre: Folk

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* Newly remastered, limited edition pressing *  Brij Bhushan Kabra was one of the Indian musicians who heard the steel guitar’s siren call, but his vision went beyond adapting Hawaiian sounds to popular music. Instead, he saw the instrument’s potential for playing ragas. To pursue this dream, Kabra began studying with Ali Akbar Khan, whose fretless sarod offered a sonic example for Kabra to emulate with his lap-slide guitar. Kabra’s instrument was a Gibson Super 400, modified with a drone string and a high nut to raise the strings off the fretboard like a lap steel. Seated on the floor in the traditional style of Indian musicians, Kabra played his guitar horizontally, using a fingerstyle plucking technique and a bar to contact the strings. His approach set the standard for virtually all Indian slide guitarists.  He is rightfully considered a master musician and regarded as on of Indian Classical music’s most renowned ambassadors’ to the rest of the world. 

Scaling New Horizons With Guitar is considered by many one of Kabra's masterpieces.  Released in 1976 and out of print for over 45 years, this is the first reissue in any format. 

File under: IndiaTraditional
Cat. number: ECSD2993
Year: 2021
Facsimile reissue of 1976 release. Unknown if bootleg. Although the information doesn't appear anywhere on the release, this 2021 reissue was distributed by Mississippi Records. Record pressing company derived from runouts.