The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (211): Maria, as never heard before

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (211): Maria, as never heard before


norman lebrecht

October 17, 2020

Michael Robinson’s cool raga-riff on Lenny’s hit tune.



  • Ellingtonia says:

    Interesting approach to “Maria” but you do wonder what would have happened if they had unleashed Oscar Peterson on this, now that really would have been an improvisation to listen to.

    • V. Lind says:

      And I am wondering about the use of the term “raga.” Cultural appropriation? Watch out — the SJWs may pounce!

      • Maybe says:

        I like to think of it as cultural approbation, if allowed. If a particular continent thought of this as appropriation, we might nor have Lang Lang……ermmmmmm hmmmm

    • Greg Bottini says:

      Well, “they” have: The Oscar Peterson Trio (Ray Brown, bass; Ed Thigpen, drums) released an entire LP of West Side Story music on the Verve label, which includes a gorgeous version of “Maria”. It has been reissued on CD in lovely sound.

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Hmmm…. it kinda wanders, and it’s way too long.
    Also, not a raga.

  • Maybe says:

    Great musician, great fingers to express his musicality and invention. It is a pity that improvisation is no longer generally ancouraged among young classical pianists. I was given British Grenadiers, in the syle of Prokofiev. O Dear!