Gilles Peterson // BBC Radio 6 Music // Asha Puthli Interview
November 2, 2015
Gilles is back in the studio for another Saturday afternoon mix up selection, joining the musical dots between soul, hip hop, house, afro, electronica, jazz and beyond, in his own inimitable style. This week he speaks to Indian-born singer Asha Puthli about her life in music, including working with Ornette Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Andy Warhol.
Born and raised in Bombay, Asha moved to New York to pursue her love of jazz. Whilst there, she met Columbia Records impresario John Hammond, who had forged a career discovering acts like Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Hammond sent her to record with avant-garde pioneer Ornette Coleman, with whom she recorded two tracks – “What Reason Could I Give” and “All My Life”. So far, Asha’s career has resulted in ten albums, various film appearances and collaborations with Barry White, Roy Ayers and Don Cherry.
Listen and track list here.