There is different, and there is distinct. Either can describe More Mr. Nice Guy by Garaj Mahal, although the latter is probably more telling. Several genres of music are mixed, matched and pushed around in this effort. Garaj Mahal features guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired keyboardist Eric Levy and drummer Sean Rickman. The group blends jazz with rock, Middle-Eastern sounds and funk. The members have associated with a number of jazz heavyweights, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Bela Fleck and Chick Corea. Funk meets India on Witch ...read more
American funk, jazz, African-based rhythms and Middle Eastern modalities are all part of the collective sound of Garaj Mahal's More Mr. Nice Guy. That, perhaps, is the nicest" characteristic of this CD, where there's a multitude of voices sounding from the corners of our blue marble--although smoking hot" might be a better description. Reminiscent of Return to Forever, fusion and world music, these musicians have a vast tapestry of stories to tell.
The Flat Earth Ensemble, featuring guitarist Fareed Haque, burst into prominence in early 2009 Flat Planet (Owl Studios, 2009), followed by Garaj Mahal's wOOt ...read more
Garaj Mahal is a strange and colorful bird. It's music draws heavily from '70s fusion, with elements of everything from the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever to Weather Report, as well as progressive rock bands in the broadest sense of the term. To this already potent mix where, needless to say, high octane musicianship is par for the course are added elements of funk, jazz, and a certain melodic quality vaguely reminiscent of the Grateful Dead.
Garaj Mahal resemble the legendary Dead in other ways; it is one of few bands who permit recording of its concerts, ...read more
The fifth studio release from this San Francisco quartet embodies the modern instrumental jam band movement and preserves the freewheeling legacy of 1970s progressive rock along the way.
Alan Hertz (drums), Eric Levy (keyboards), Kai Eckhardt (bass), and Fareed Haque (guitar) came into Garaj Mahal from varied backgrounds: Eckhardt played in John McLaughlin's trio, for example, while Haque served as an occasional musical sparring partner for the late drummer Tony Williams and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. But one thing is certain: they share a unified playing spirit. This Blueberry jam damn sure shows off their chops.
The ...read more
Individually and in combinations, the members of Garaj Mahal - Eric Levy (keyboards), Alan Hertz (drums), Kai Eckhardt (bass) and Fareed Haque (guitar) - have accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola, Steve Smith's Vital Information, and the John McLaughlin Trio. These three simultaneous (individually packaged) live sets fish with hip young bait in the hopes of making a big splash in the same free-flowing, neo-hippie college radio jam band waters in which such bands as Phish and Widespread Panic spawned. Consisting almost entirely of fusion-y instrumental jams, these live sets will appeal to fans of Brand X and Return ...read more