LIVE: Bombay Rickey @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 3/6/18

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Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall welcomed the unique Brooklyn-based quintet Bombay Rickey last month for a boutique concert with the band and audience both seated on the stage. The patrons had an up-close-and-personal experience listening to and seeing a band in a truly intimate situation.

The band’s founder, lead vocalist and accordionist Kamala Sankaram can croon a tune in a straight-ahead fashion on a ballad or fly with heavenly wings in an operatic fashion that soars and weaves in and out of the music. Either way, the first thing that hits you is her fantastic vocal range. She and the rest of the band – Drew Fleming on guitar, Jeff Hudgins on tenor & baritone sax, Brian Adleron on the drum kit, and Nick Cudahy on bass – blend together Indian, country, classical, rock, blues, opera, folk, spaghetti-western soundtrack tunes and whatever other musical styles you can think of into a seamless, infectious stream of sound that harks back to 1970s progressive, ’80s pop and ’90s whatever.

Mind you, there is no band out there that sounds like them and few that would be brave enough to follow down Bombay Rickey’s path of enlightened song structures and compositions. They are second-to-none in what they do because there is no one else in the business that’s doing what they do. It was an electrifying evening with songs culled from their only album to date, Cinefonia, as well as their soon-to-be-released follow-up, Electric Bhairavi.

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