In the liner notes to Bhakti, Toronto tabla whiz Ravi Naimpally talks about leading a "double life" between classical South Asian studies and life as a kid in Thunder Bay (!). This is the soundtrack.
Led by Naimpally but also featuring percussionist Alan Hetherington, bassist Chris Gartner, saxophonist Ernie Tollar and guitarist John Gzowski, Tasa's understated debut is rather neatly split between old and new musics. Naimpally and Hetherington provide the former, hammering out stately rhythms over Gartner's low end, while Gzowski's elastic guitar and oud solos and Tollar's typically lyrical playing hint at jazzier leanings. Each complements the other, and despite the underwhelming arrangements, the sheer confidence of the playing makes Bhakti elegant and virtually unclassifiable.