Song for Everyone

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Song for Everyone
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Studio album by
RecordedSeptember 1984
StudioRainbow Studio, Oslo
Genre Jazz
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
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Song for Everyone is an album by Indian violinist L. Shankar, featuring Jan Garbarek, Zakir Hussain and Trilok Gurtu. It was released on the ECM label in 1985.

Violin bowed string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths

The violin, sometimes known as a fiddle, is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. Most violins have a hollow wooden body. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use. Smaller violin-type instruments exist, including the violino piccolo and the kit violin, but these are virtually unused. The violin typically has four strings tuned in perfect fifths, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings, though it can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers (pizzicato) and by striking the strings with the wooden side of the bow.

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Allmusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Richard S. Ginell states: "..a brighter, more outgoing record than its predecessor Vision, veering between Western acoustic and electric grooves and the complex beats churned out by the tabla. Jan Garbarek again shines beams of light on soprano and tenor, engaging Shankar's ten-string double-necked electric violin in some complex interplay on the title track". [1]

Track listing

All compositions by Shankar.

  1. "Paper Nut" 6:08
  2. "I Know" 7:38
  3. "Watching You" 13:17
  4. "Conversation" 7:55
  5. "Song for Everyone" 6:28
  6. "Let's Go Home" 6:32
  7. "Rest in Peace" 3:24


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  1. 1 2 Ginell, R. S. Allmusic review: Song For Everyone accessed 12 March 2010