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Friday, September 22, 2017

Review: Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima

Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto/comp/electronics); Rez Abbasi (guitar); Dan Weiss (kit/tabla).
(Review by Lance)
I don't claim to know a lot about Asian music - jazz or otherwise - however, I know good sax playing when I hear it and Mahanthappa blows good sax. Even when spiced up with a variety of devices that were once the exclusive property of guitarists he still delivers. At times it sounds almost like bebop bagpipes and I can detect an occasional suggestion of a highland fling. Mainly though, it's east Asian folk/jazz and none the worse for that. 

On the freer pieces, ferocity is foremost. All three attack the music with a vengeance that pays off in compulsive listening. And yet, there's beauty in there too but, don't take my word for it. Listen to what Mahanthappa has to say about it in this YouTube clip.
Lance.
PS: Release date is October 17 and, as well as a limited edition deluxe double LP, you can also download it for $2 @ http://rudreshm.com/

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