Exposé Online banner

Saddar Bazaar — The Conference of the Birds
(Delerium DELEC CD 034, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01

The Conference of the Birds Cover art

An instrumental four-piece from the UK, Saddar Bazaar sports a strong ethnic flavor, featuring a variety of non-western instruments such as sitar, kubing, dholak, agoual, and tablas, as well as the more conventional keyboards and slide guitar. These instruments are brought into what could best be described as a raga-rock setting. If early Third Ear Band comes to mind, that's probably where Saddar Bazaar is headed, but hasn't quite boarded the train yet. This is a band I really want to like, but the weakness of their compositions gets in the way. For many of the tunes, one could listen to the first minute and have heard every theme that will be repeated over and over again for the next four or five. There are no real solo instruments per se, save some minor nuances delivered on slide guitar. Thus, most of the project ends up sounding like something akin to Indian flavored wallpaper. That said, these guys do have the potential to do something great if they spend a little more time working on the writing. I'll be looking forward to their next album.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Saddar Bazaar

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hinn Íslenzki Þursaflokkur - Þursabit – This band hails from Iceland, and to get a hint at their sound you might think of a Scandinavian Gryphon mixed with a large dose of Gentle Giant. This was their second album, released in 1979. Hinn...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues