"…is not about celebrity wanking. Blue Incantation has the weightlessness and solidity of music with real soul."
Bob Guccione Jr. SPIN 10 Best '95
"A thoroughly engaging artist…an unforgettable document."
"Uncommonly beautiful. Garcia's hauntingly vulnerable contribution…as eloquent a goodbye as one could wish for."
"A beguling fusion of Indian subtlety and laid back Western sensuality. One of the year's best. A beautiful and treasurable souvenir."
"Sanjay is a superb writer and guitarist, with a brilliant melodic sense…a seamless album of highly evocative instrumentals."
"A memorable record."
"Fascinating…with Garcia peering into realms of his talent that rarely emerged with the Dead."
The Los Angeles Times
"Listen and you'll know why Garcia chose to make this very unorthodox appearance"
"Offers some of the best playing of his (Garcia's) later years…his runs often show a harmonic sophistication that had not been part of his Grateful Dead persona for decades."
"Without question the prettiest instrumental guitar album released this year."
"Mishra is impressive…his lyrical guitar lines soar."
"Mishra plays with an eclecticism well suited for his multicultural background…selections (with Garcia) are lovely and expansive."
"One of Garcia's rare studio triumphs…Mishra's feverish fretwork shines."
"A magnificant epitaph for Captain Trips. Simply gorgeous, divine."
"A consolidation of the unique brand of Indian jazz rock revealed to the world on that magnificent debut recording (The Crossing). Another excellent CD from a remarkable musician."
"Bristling textures and compact melodic space…this altogether agreeable session seems utterly characteristic of one of the true adventurers in post-war American music."
"May it bring the fans of Garcia's ethereal side to a new artist who merits a listen, a long listen, while sitting in a warm tropical breeze with nowhere to go."
"The sonic quality of this recording is a star in its own right."
"A poignant document of one of Garcia's last recorded side projects."
"Mishra's style merges nicely with Garcia's on their tracks together."
"Mysterious, heavenly and gorgeously mellow…a delicious project well worth picking up."
Dupres Diamond News
"An exceptional acoustic guitarist equally at home in an Eastern or Western setting."
"A great record…an absolute must have."
"A potent record that makes as good a send off as anybody's all-star tribute."
Raliegh News and Observer
"A sprawling display of well-crafted melodies…warm the ears and massage the musical membrane."
"Mishra's cross-cultural blending of guitars, tabla, and samples of structure and improvisation is what really recommends this [CD]."
"A full tilt East-West extravaganza featuring sampled Indian prayer chants and hypnotic modal interplay between the two guitarists."
"An absorbing fusion of East and West."
New Age Journal
"Mishra's sometimes MIDIed acoustic picking is lighter and more precise…complemented nicely by Garcia's unmistakable fluid playing."
"We hear guitar playing of two different styles. Mishra's sophisticated fingerwork and flawless technique on his acoustic work with Garcia's equally faultless work within the Blues idiom. [Garcia's] playing is rough hewn and bluesy, straight from the heart with howling long, blue notes and heaps of soul. Instrumental music of rare beauty."
World Music, London
"A piece de resistance."
The Stateman, Calcutta, India
"Intriguing and comely raga influenced tracks. Fade to blue: pungent music by which to contemplate the moon."
"Nonconformist, unpretentious world music."
"The total diversity of the sound hooks in the listener."
The Week, India
"Mishra brilliantly succeeds in creating a relaxing mood without ever slipping down into the New Age sentimentality that mars so many instrumental guitar albums."
Doug Heselgrave - No Depression
"The music you play is hypnotic and exotic and beautiful…it calls to mind a kind of spirituality."
Andrea Seabrook (In conversation with Sanjay Mishra on NPR)
"Mishra's artistry and vision certainly deserve the exposure."
Mike Joyce-The Washington Post
"An album of intoxicating elegance and ruminative graces - check in and you won't want to leave."
John Diliberto - Amazon.com Editorial Review
"A stunning album."
"A name to watch, and listen to, for many years to come."
"Within its cross-cultural world is a beautiful idea: Every musical tradition, no matter how seemngly exotic, can become as familiar and soothing as our own."
"One foot steeped in jazz and the other digging its toes into the sound of The Grateful Dead."
"I have been waiting a long time to hear something like this."
"The Crossing should appeal strongly to anyone who enjoys collisions of old and new sounds and technologies."
Four Stars Downbeat
"A rich blend of cultures, an album of brilliance and originality. The exotic themes are shaped to perfection by Mishra's mastery of MIDI technology and the virtuosity of his rhythm section. A remarkable CD."
Classical Guitar, UK
"A fresh and intoxicating sound, this exquisitely-crafted world fusion music resonates with the inspiration of guitarist-composer Mishra's classical background and whatever other profound musical forces mould masterful music. A voluptuous treat in surprising compositions, sculpted sound, and brilliant performance. A must for those who thrive on something deliciously different."
"There's no denying the attractiveness of the music."
"A special nod for Sanjay Mishra's hauntingly beautiful score."
"[Mishra's score] brings the film to life and lends it an eerie otherworldliness."
"Lovely artful cinematography and a heart of gold."
The New York Times
"Perfectly captures the creeping dread of alienation in this spare haunting French import."
"Superbly controlled drama which builds a spellbinding atmosphere of mystery."
The Christian Science Monitor
"That rare example of intelligent and skeptical narrative art that compassionately contemplates a chaotic world."
The New York Observer
"Revelatory European cinema like this is rare these days: It's almost a shock to see something so powerful."
"…a combination of world music ideas with jazz fusion, as well as his superb guitar playing skills, make him worthy of attention."
"The accompanists never get in the way of Mishra's virtuosic guitar work, and bassist Bill Kratz contributes a solid foundation for the album."
"The Calcutta-born Washington guitarist has fine classical and Latin-jazz technique..."
"The title track is trance-like, with drum and bass loops percolating under Mishra's ambient guitar textures."