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Indian sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar passed away on December 11 at the age of 92. Known as the "Godfather of World Music," he is widely credited with popularlizing Indian music in the Western world. He was a mentor to British Beatle George Harrison, American contemporary classical composer Philip Glass and jazz artist Johnny Coltrane, who named his son Ravi in Shankar's honor.
The San Jose Public Library has a number of Ravi Shankar's musical recordings available on CD. You can browse the catalog for them.
Speaking of Now, by the Pat Metheny Group, is an outstanding example of jazz fusion. The recording seamlessly blends contemporary jazz and Brazilian world music. The compositions are exemplary and the musicians are world-class. I highly recommend this recording to listeners of jazz, fusion, and world music genres.
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