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Tarun Balani Collective: Dharma

Read "Dharma" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Drummer / composer Tarun Balani's previous album, Sacred World (Self Produced, 2013), offered audiences a fresh look at the synthesis and Indian music and jazz. On Dharma, Balani steps back a bit from the music of his homeland. The result is still an invigorating listen. Balani's composing here makes extensive use of hypnotic, propulsive ostinati. Conceptually, the pieces here resemble some of Eberhard Weber's or Ralph Towner's ECM recordings of the mid-to-late 1970s. Keep in mind that the production and ...

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Tarun Balani: Sacred World

Read "Tarun Balani: Sacred World" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Jazz fans of a certain age were most likely introduced to the world of Indian music via the recordings of John McLaughlin who, with the group Shakti, introduced American listeners to the dazzling virtuosity of musicians such as violinist L. Shankar, and percussionist Zakir Hussain. Shakti's music extended the compositional style that characterized his previous group, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ultra-fast tempos, and dizzying, rapid-fire unisons were thrown around with abandon, and odd rhythmic groupings were the norm. McLaughlin continues to ...


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