Kim Sanders & Friends - Bent Grooves That asinine term "world music" actually acquires some meaning
when applied to the art of Kim Sanders. The Sydney multi-
instrumentalist has stewed in musical melting-pots from Indonesia
to Gambia, and is especially steeped in the sounds of Turkey and
eastern Europe. Having absorbed these traditions, he plays within
or without them as suits his creative impulses.
Sanders' long-term collaboration with tabla player Bobby Singh
stretches the sonic world of Asia Minor eastward, towards the
subcontinent, just as Steve Elphick's bass and Sandy Evans's
saxophone bring jazzier sensibilities to bear. But Sanders never
forces square pegs into round holes, and his musical imagination
unfolds with a marvellous fluidity, like a river being fed by
many tributaries, with the main flow mingling beautiful, often
melancholy melodies with evocative rhythms and exotic textures.
His own braying tenor saxophone, assorted wistful flutes and
sometimes imperious bagpipes radiate a joy in having such open
dialogues with seven gifted collaborators; dialogues that have
been superbly recorded.