In 2011, my friend and collaborator Edan Cohen and I devised a plan to get me to Kolkata (Calcutta), India to study Indian slide guitar with the great Debashish Bhattacharya, my Guruji (teacher and guide).
A Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded, flights were paid for and, while in India, I booked some recording time and was lucky enough to have Guruji, his tabla-playing brother Subashis and his singer daughter Sukanya contribute to the tracks, among others. Further recording was done back in Philly with some of my crew here, most notably co-producer Alfred James Goodrich on cello.
Tripti in Hindi translates as 'satisfaction'. It happens to be Guruji's lovely wife's name and was also the name of the restaurant I ate at a lot in Kolkata! It also sounds like 'trippy' which would describe my trip to India! Enjoy!
released February 20, 2013
Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner--chaturangui, slide bass
Subashis Bhattacharjee--tabla, percussion
Sarthok Chakraborty--bass guitar
Susan Rosetti--vocals on 'Savor Me' and 'Mama'
Alfred James Goodrich--cello, bass guitar, didgeridoo, percussion
Mark Schreiber--drum kit
Jason Rinker--tabla on 'Savor Me' and 'Mama'
Produced by Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner and Alfred James Goodrich
All songs by Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner
Recorded and mixed at Silvertone Studios, Ardmore, PA (Alfred James Goodrich, engineer & Valerie Vuolo, asst engineer),
Samata Audio, Kolkata, India (Samar Roy, engineer) and MAJA/Audio Post, Philadelphia, PA (John Anthony, engineer).
In December of 2011, steel guitarist Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner traveled to Calcutta, India to study Indian slide guitar and record with his teacher, Debashish Bhattacharya. 'Tripti' is the result of that magical journey.