How did Jeff come to write the liner notes for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's The Supreme Collection Volume One?
Jeff had been a long time admirer of Nusrat's work. There is a twenty-minute version of "Hulka-Hulka" recorded during the Live at Sin-é sessions. He hired a language instructor to teach him proper
Urdu pronunciation for that performance.
He had often touted Nusrat's talent in interviews. Jeff conducted an interview with him for Interview Magazine, so Jeff was a natural choice to write the liner notes. The Supreme Collection Volume One was dedicated to Jeff's memory. It was released just after Jeff's death and just before Nusrat passed on. The first cut of that album, "Aag Daman Mein Lag Jai", was played as the processional music for the memorial at St. Ann's Church in New York, the translation of which is:
My life will be set on fire \ My heart will become a ball of fire \ Please do not touch my glass of wine \ If you do, your hand will catch fire \ Tears of my love fill my glass \ Do not touch my glass or your hand will burn.
Sketches was dedicated, in turn, to the memory of Nusrat: "You are the sound within the sound, the voice within the voice. Inshallah."
26 May 1998
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