Drummer Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana is one of the most consistently rewarding and intriguing groups to grace the roster of Portugal's Clean Feed Records. Formed in 2003, the group has notably featured violin and oud as its instrumental color of choice in staggeringly complex yet hard-swinging compositions. Momin--and Tarana--are a genre-fogging unit, blending jazz improvisation with forms from South and East Asia and North Africa. However, this mixing of genres is endemic to Momin's working methods and has expanded to his appearances with other ensembles like the rock band Fulton Lights, tenor man Kalaparusha's ensemble The Light and pianist Ursel ...read more
You have to chuckle when you read a music review and the critic drops names and music styles in such an audacious manner that you know he/she has no idea what they are talking about. The Spanish mellophone player drew heavily from a Transylvanian tradition..." Yeah, right.
But then again, the beauty of the modern--dare I say, world--music experience is the unknown (to the listener) and the unexplored. Jazz has always been right there, 100 years ago fusing the African experience with European marches and Caribbean sounds. Fast forward to the Downtown New York experience of the late 20th century ...read more
If cutting-edge music presages the course that society will take, then this release from Trio Tarana indicates that at some point we will be heading down the right path. Percussionist Ravish Momin leads a trio of musicians with diverse ethnic backgrounds with the stated purpose of sharing their unique Asian-American musical concept and identity with different audiences, worldwide."
With Five Nights, recorded live at Washington DC's beautiful Freer Gallery of Art amidst their excellent Asian collections, the band has exceeded its aim by producing a session that can serve as an example of cultural harmony to all people. The instrumentation ...read more
For his second date as a leader in five years, drummer Ravish Momin has assembled a trio with a truly diverse range of interests and a value expanding on much of the Afro-Asian influence that has entered the jazz canon. Late of Kalaparush and The Light and the groups of reedman Sabir Mateen, Momin studied tabla and Indian rhythms in addition to jazz drumming, and this fleetness comes through in his approach to the kit--his drumsticks tapping the snare with the lightness of fingertips. Momin is joined in Tarana by violinist Jason Kao Hwang, a veteran of the New York ...read more
Drummer Ravish Momin, for his second date as a leader in five years (the other being Sound Dissolving Sound, on Sachimay) has assembled a trio with a truly diverse range of interests and a value expanding on much of the Afro-Asian influence that has entered the jazz canon. Late of Kalaparush and The Light and the groups of reedman Sabir Mateen, Momin studied tabla and Indian rhythms in addition to jazz drumming, and this fleetness comes through in his approach to the kit, his drumsticks tapping the snare with the lightness of fingertips. Momin is joined in Tarana by violinist ...read more
Drummer-led albums can be somewhat pale affairs. After all, the ability to swing hard and play various grooves does in itself not necessarily suffice to create well-rounded, highly personal pieces of music. Climbing the Banyan Tree, though, is different. It is all about melody, the central element in bandleader Momin's approach to drums. Rather than more or less enthusiastically swaying through his parts in set tempos, Momin builds up tension by pulling back and forth his time, in the way of a singer or a violin player. Hunched over his carefully tuned drum kit and various percussion ...read more
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