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Fareed Haque: Trance Hypothesis (2014)

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Guitarist Fareed Haque
Fareed Haque
Fareed Haque
b.1963
guitar
answers the musical question, what if Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
's chicken shack served tandoori chicken? His world music DNA—son of a Pakistani father and Chilean mother grants him the authority to make blender drinks of all the musics that are stockpiled in his brain.

A master of music in jazz, classical, and the music of the Asian sub-continent, Haque has found a home in the bands of Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera
Paquito D'Rivera
b.1948
saxophone
, Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
Javon Jackson
b.1965
saxophone
, Kahil El'Zabar
Kahil El'Zabar
Kahil El'Zabar
b.1953
percussion
, and Sting. His funk/jamband Garaj Mahal has releases multiple sessions and is a favorite in the jazz/rock fusion world.

His latest incarnation of east-meets-west is found on Trance Hypothesis, a fusion leaning closer to jazz than Garaj rock, yet retaining that Indo-Pak sound. His Flat Planet band is supplemented here with rich guest appearances. B3 organist Tony Monaco
Tony Monaco
Tony Monaco
b.1959
organ, Hammond B3
greases up "Chitlins 'n' Chutney" as accompaniment to guitar and sitar. The combination feels natural—pass the curry, gentlemen. Haque is well within his comfort zone here. He mashes tabla with drum machines on the title track, emphasizing Nirmalya Roy's vocals. The music slides between Bollywood and chamber pieces as naturally as Haque's globe trotting guitar.

He can march a blues like "Down To The Root" past traditionalists who won't bat an eye at the Indian flavor or drop some heavy sounds of tabla ("Srishti") or sitar and kalimba of Mathew Tembo ("Saba") with a simplicity and effortlessness only afforded to the consummate innovator. The music accomplishes a successful amalgam of folk musics—punjab, soul, world, electronica, and jazz.

Track Listing: Mellow Mood; Poonjob In The Punjab; Trance Hypothesis; Chitlins ‘n’ Chutney; Gnossienne 1; Hymn Of The Ancients; Saba; Srishti; In The Bollyhood; Down To The Root; Cowboys And Indians.

Personnel: Fareed haque: guitars; Indrajit Banerjee: sitar; Tony Monaco: Hammond B3 organ; Willerm Delisfort: piano; Alex Austin: bass; Greg Fundis: electronic drums, drums; Shivalik Ghoshal: tabla; Nirmalya Roy: voice (3,6,9,11); Mathew Tembo: voice (6,7), kalimba (7); Essam Rafea: oud; Zach Weiss: bass flute (5); Clarice Cast: percussion (5,7,8).

Record Label: Delmark Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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