Navarasa : Nine Emotions by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan

Navarasa : Nine Emotions is the third collaborative album between James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan. The trio blend their disparate influences (folk, jazz and Indian classical music) into a cross cultural record which explores the nine emotions of the arts  - including love, laughter, anger, sorrow, wonder, tranquility.  

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Navarasa : Nine Emotions by Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
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8/10 Daoud 22 January 2020

Three musicians and nine emotions. There’s something quite satisfying about that isn’t there? ‘Navaras : Nine Emotions’ is also the third album from the trio formed of James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan as they continue to search for where Indian classical music begins and British folk ends.

I’m sad to say, I haven’t listened to the previous two records but having now hearing ‘Navaras’ that is something I hope to change. There’s something so enriching about listening to musicians brought up within different music traditions playing together. When have you ever heard a Scottish folk song accompanied by a sarangi? Tell me when??.

All three are musicians at the top of their game. Opener ‘Sukhe Phool’ features droning sarangi playing with free jazz double bass. Then we get a few piano chords to pave way for some hearfelt singing from Khan. ‘The Shearing’s Not For You’ has Yorkston taking the lead for some extremely folk lyrics, but in between verses his picked guitar is joined by a sarangi solo from Khan. It all works perfectly. 

‘The North Carr’ is a cinematic instrumental jam between the three musicians, that very much feels like Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are having a conversation with each other. And that’s followed by ‘Twa Brothers’, which has no instruments. Just one of them singing, and the other essentially beatboxing. It’s playful and joyful, while also being incredibly serious and practiced. Like the rest of the album actually. 



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