Asha Puthli - She Loves To Hear The Music | Beverly Phono MartNew/Sealed From her early days raised as a youth in Bombay, Asha Puthli initially trained in Indian classical music and opera, but over time gravitated towards contemporary western pop, upon discovering talents like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dusty Springfield. After making a name for herself in her native country, she found her way to New York, where she happened upon John Hammond of CBS Records. Hammond would introduce Puthli to the avant-garde legend Ornette Coleman, who utilized her unique vocal stylings on his 1971 record Science Fiction. Her work on the album earned widespread praise, and though it didn't lead to further work in the United States, it did bring her a record contract in Europe. After her self-titled debut in 1973, Puthli wasted little time in recording her next album, heading back into the studio, and re-emerging with 1975's She Loves To Hear The Music. Building on the eccentric amalgamation of pop, avant-garde, jazz, and proto-disco that her debut contained, her sophomore release once again featured production from constant collaborator Del Newman, as well as a new array of covers ranging from Cole Porter to Van McCoy to Neil Sedaka.