Indian Jazz-Rock band The Bodhisattwa Trio from Kolkata, India releases their second studio album Heart Of Darkness last month as a collaboration of Music and Photography. It is so far the darkest album in modern Jazz from Indian sub-continent by any contemporary Jazz band from this part of the world. The album is a tribute to Joseph Conrad’s novel by the same name. On the other hand the last but one track, i.e. Blues for Polo, is a tribute to the movie Apocalypse Now, by Francis Ford Coppola. The album is an out-of-the-box representation of musical themes and ideas by collaborating the band’s music with art-photography by acclaimed photographer Shan Bhattacharya.
The band had recorded the album in an unconventional way by not going into a conventional studio.They wanted to record without the tension of studio time and that claustrophobic feel of being inside a studio. So taking the help of Amuze records owner Arijit who is also a sound engineer the employed his mobile studio to record the band in a local band’s rehearsal pad. This was made to capture the live ambience of the band playing together and with a very low quality mic the overall room sound was captured apart from all the microphones which had been employed to do their job. During mixing the low quality sound was mixed according to the taste of the band in the entire album. All the songs are recorded in single takes. After the band was satisfied with what they played, the best take was chosen and then it was finalised.
The Physical copies are a well designed 20 pages book which contains thematic photography, a music CD and a download card. The album was also released digitally on the same day on every digital platform around the world. However, the difference between the cd and the digital version is the cd has one extra hidden track which is not available in the digital version available on the web.
Post Kolkata launch on 23rd of May by Indian guitar legend Amyt Datta at Maxmueller Bhavan, the band started touring from Dhaka. In the month of June they toured rest of the Indian metros which ended with at Piano Man Jazz club, Delhi on 14th of June.