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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tarana: A Fire Of Flowers Grows Around Us

Read "A Fire Of Flowers Grows Around Us" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Musical explorations never cease. Jazz musicians are, by nature, curious and intelligent people who listen to and--for more than just economic imperatives--play all sorts of music. The farther musicians stray from their “home base," be it jazz or whatever, the deeper and richer their music becomes. The members of Tarana, Ravish Momin and Rick Parker, are ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Brian Prunka

Read "Take Five With Brian Prunka" reviewed by Brian Prunka

Meet Brian Prunka:

Prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2003, Brian was living and performing in New Orleans, where he spent his formative years honing his musical skills while being immersed in the jazz community. Although his background was in jazz, rock and blues, Brian has always found himself drawn to a wide range of ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Stories of Friendship and Family Ties: The Gonzalez Clan Rides Out

Read "Stories of Friendship and Family Ties: The Gonzalez Clan Rides Out" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The family unit of trumpeter Dennis González and his sons bassist Aaron González and drummer Stefan González, known as Yells At Eels, has been operating since 2000. Dennis González played and recorded with countless innovative musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, and in recent years solidified his musical bonds with Polish and Portuguese musicians. His ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM NEW YORK

Barry Altschul, William Hooker, Bobby Previte & Andrew Cyrille

Read "Barry Altschul, William Hooker, Bobby Previte & Andrew Cyrille" reviewed by Martin Longley

Barry Altschul
Roulette
January 8, 2013

Another 70th birthday to celebrate, another musician who commands the appearance and vitality of a much younger player. New York drummer Barry Altschul actually hit 70 two days before this celebratory gig at Roulette. The long-established experimental music venue is now settling in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tarana: After The Disquiet

Read "After The Disquiet" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

After the Disquiet is a beguiling EP from Tarana, a duo consisting of drummer Ravish Momin and violinist Trina Basu. Recorded live in March 2011, After the Disquiet finds Momin laying down a variety of acoustic drum beats while adding his own real-time electronic manipulations. Over this, Basu adds Eastern-themed improvisations. The sound quality is not ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Drummer Ravish Momin Interviewed at AAJ

Drummer Ravish Momin Interviewed at AAJ

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ravish Momin: The Business of Time

Read "Ravish Momin: The Business of Time" reviewed by Clifford Allen

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ravish Monin's Trio Tarana: Miren (A Longing)

Read "Miren (A Longing)" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer/percussionist Ravish Momin has bragging rights to this Middle and Far Eastern style of thrusting progressive jazz. Funny, because it seems so natural and untainted, as if it was meant to be. And he doesn't need a bassist, largely due to his booming bass drum sound and polyrhythmic articulations. This trio covers many musical vistas on ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Ravish Momin's Bombay, Bahrain & Blues Mix

Read "Ravish Momin's Bombay, Bahrain & Blues Mix" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ravish Momin's Trio Tarana: :FiveNights:

Read ":FiveNights:" reviewed by Elliott Simon

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 ...