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Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 It seemed inevitable that Zakir Hussain would collaborate with jazz musicians as the '70s unfolded. Jazz had been sidling up to Indian classical music gradually since the early '60s. In 1962, Gary Peacock and Bud Shank played on Ravi Shankar's album Improvisations (World Pacific), although this was very much a Shankar album; flautist Shank played in Indian style, while Peacock's presence was subdued. The sitar also gravitated towards jazz, ...

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Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for the occasion, directed by Hussain's daughter, Anisa Qureshi, jazz luminaries Vijay Iyer, Eric Harland, Charles Lloyd and John McLaughlin paid glowing tribute to Hussain, ...

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Building a Jazz Library

Zakir Hussain: The Best Jazz / Crossover Albums

Read "Zakir Hussain: The Best  Jazz / Crossover Albums" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Zakir Hussain turned 70 on March 9th. In an unparalleled career, which began in earnest aged 7, the man widely acclaimed as the world's greatest tabla player has played with the giants of both Indian classical music and jazz. It is hard to think of another musician who has straddled both worlds to such a prominent degree. Since the 1970s, Hussain has been at the forefront of so-called World Music, experimenting with Indo-rock in Shanti, pioneering pan-global rhythms ...

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From Far and Wide

Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions

Read "Out of the Roma Villages of Turkey, Clarinet Reigns Beyond Its Traditions" reviewed by Arthur R George


The clarinet, foundational for jazz from Sidney Bechet unto Eric Dolphy, remains in strong use in the indigenous Roma music of the eastern Mediterranean. Elsewhere in the world clarinet generally has been moved aside by saxophone's bigger sound. But in the Balkans, Greece, and Turkey, clarinet provides jazz shadings to traditional music, speaks a range of human emotions, and engages in electronically-enhanced experimentation. Clarinetist Barbaros Erköse is Turkish, and Roma: “gypsy," the oft-utilized but less preferred word. He ...

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Live Review

Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter and Dave Holland at SFJAZZ

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Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter and Dave Holland SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA June 16, 2018 A subset of the fusion group CrossCurrents, the trio of Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter, Dave Holland made their first public appearance ever one Saturday evening at SFJAZZ. Hussain, a San Francisco resident, is legendary for his tabla mastery as well as for his participation in a wide variety of musical groups. Potter, a widely acclaimed saxophonist, needs no introduction. Nor does ...

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Live Review

Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman and lots more at SFJAZZ Center gala

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2017 Gala Celebrating Zakir Hussain SFJAZZ Center jny: San Francisco January 18, 2017 When SFJAZZ decides to throw a party, it does not fool around. For evidence, you had to look no farther than the presenter's 2017 gala, celebrating both the 5th anniversary of the organization's impeccable new home smack in the middle of city's cultural district and a lifetime of pioneering work by master percussionist Zakir Hussain, the latest ...

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Live Review

Pure Music: Zakir Hussain & Shivkumar Sharma in Paris

Read "Pure Music: Zakir Hussain & Shivkumar Sharma in Paris" reviewed by David Miller


Zakir Hussain & Shivkumar SharmaSalle PleyelParis, FranceDecember 12, 2009Indian classical music is all about moods and feelings. It would be possible to describe an otherworldly interplay between Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma bordering on telepathy. Or to call attention to the sheer virtuosity with which these two extraordinary musicians played, and the way their technical mastery made everything seem so simple. Or to portray their great humility in confronting the sound problems that plagued them ...


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