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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Hero Trio

Read "Hero Trio" reviewed by Mark Corroto

All great jazz musicians are omnivores, admired for their ability to ingest and synthesize large schools of music. Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa is one such omnivore, maybe best described as an alpha predator. His music, whether it is advancing modern jazz or fusing the Carnatic music of southern India with his American experience, occupies the highest level of the musical food chain. Like other predacious jazzmen, he can make a meal of everything from pop songs to jazz standards. Mahanthappa's Hero ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa: "Just because you're improvising doesn't mean you're playing jazz."" reviewed by Leo Sidran

Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on his early development, the journey through music schools, cruise ships and merengue bands that ultimately led him to New York, exploring one's personal identity through music, teaching jazz in a non conservatory environment, Sesame Street, and a casual analysis of saxophone on popular recordings in the '80s. He also discusses his new trio record Hero Trio (Whirlwind Recordings) with Francois Moutin and Rudy Royston, and the influence of David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, Charlie Parker, and Grover ...

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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition & Rez Abbasi’s Invocation" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Two nearly simultaneous releases that shine an especially interesting light on the three players they have in common. In addition to leading the two dates, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and guitarist Rez Abbasi play prominent performance roles in both, and Dan Weiss provides drums (and tabla). Both projects mark the return of their respective bands: the second time for the Indo-Pak Coalition, the third for Invocation. Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition Agrima Self Produced 2017

ALBUM REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Two years after the release of his acclaimed Charlie Parker project Bird Calls (ACT), saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa returns with his longstanding Indo-Pak Coalition for Agrima, a vinyl and download-only release that is a dazzling hybrid of Indian music and furious jazz-rock. Besides Mahanthappa the group consists of guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/tablaist Dan Weiss, with the occasional bit of electronic enhancement floating in the background. Overall, the music is very tight and forceful. “Snap" best displays its general ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The music of India is ancient, centuries old. The saxophone is new, with a history of less than a hundred years. Ditto for the “electric" guitar. First generation Indian-American alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa marries the old and new in his music, on his most compelling recording to date, Agrima, featuring his Indo-Pak Coalition, featuring “electric" guitarist Rez Abbasi and tabla-ist/drummer Dan Weiss. Mahanthappa--who now chairs the jazz department at Princeton University--rode to a higher profile via pianist Vijay ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima

Read "Agrima" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Ancestral influences have long occupied second-generation Indian-American saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa's thinking and have strongly influenced his music. That was especially true in the case of his 2008 Indo-Pak Coalition album Apti (Innova Recordings) and now with Agrima. But there is an obvious evolutionary leap in the near decade between releases; a measure of the progression is owed to technology and another to continuously developing instincts around the marriage of Western and non-western music. Mahanthappa is the Director of ...

LIVE REVIEW

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brought his quintet to the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University February 27, 2016, to play his book of original compositions precipitated by the music of Charlie Parker. The audience to this sold out show was left with the proverbial question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? Did they come to hear the music of alto saxophonist and originator of bebop, Charlie “Yardbird" Parker's music? Or, were they in the audience ...


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