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Cross River

by Sameer Gupta

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My brother and I went to High School in Cross River New York. Freshly back to the USA in 1990 from 3 years living in Japan, we were feeling out of place, rebellious and we were playing music together a lot (from our basement at home to the High School Jazz Band). When I think of the best times with my brother, I think of those days. He was awesome. He loved rock music, riffing blues, improvising and diving headfirst into the mosh pit...any younger brother would be worshipful...we were driven by our heroes on guitar and drums towards reckless abandonment only protected by our youth. He cussed out his racist boss and in 1991 he fought to have that school mascot changed away from the ‘Indians’. I was immensely proud to be his little bro. This album goes out to him and is one way in which I can always remember the power of his soul.

All $ made from sales of this album will go towards cancer medical research and development, in an on going effort to not lose anyone else to this terrible disease.

Rest in Power Deepak Gupta (8/6/1973 - 3/22/2021)

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released September 17, 2021
Sameer Gupta - Tabla
Rashaan Carter - Bass
Marika Hughes - Cello
Sara Schoenbeck - Bassoon
Kaoru Watanabe - Percussion, Flute
Rogerio Bocatto - Percussion
Mitch Marcus - Woodwinds
Martha Redbone - Vocals
Charlie Burnham - Violin
Ben Tyree - Guitar

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Album Cover Artwork - Kundan Baidwan

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Michael Coleman - Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer
Marc Cary - Mastering Engineer

7/1/21 Recorded at Figure 8 Recorders, Brooklyn

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Sameer Gupta New York, New York

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drum set and Indian classical music on tabla. By combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his Indian heritage and American roots, Gupta has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music. ... more

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