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Ranjit Barot

As technology and mass-media continue to shrink the globe, allowing once-disparate traditions to intermingle instantaneously, musicians are given unprecedented access to a range of influences unthinkable mere decades ago. Forging an artistic identity in the midst of this post-modern global exchange and its onslaught of possibilities is no mean feat, yet it is a challenge that Ranjit Barot welcomes. Raised at the intersection of two cultures, Barot comes from a family with deep ties to Indian classical traditions of music and dance, and yet he spent considerable time absorbing western culture in England

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Article: Interview

Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension

Read "Gary Husband: The Gemini Dimension" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


Even if forced to count just one of the two musical associations he's most noted for—a 35-year long relationship playing with the late Allan Holdsworth, and a 15-year long (and counting) stint in John McLaughlin's 4th Dimension—Gary Husband would still easily make many people's musician watchlist. But with both to his credit, (each on a different ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival and John McLaughlin have shared a special bond since the English guitarist first performed at the internationally renowned Swiss festival in 1972, with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then, the ever-searching McLaughlin has returned numerous times, with almost every formation he has ever led. This double vinyl or single-CD release is effectively a sampler, ...

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Liberation Time

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2021
Track listing: The Spirit Sings; Singing Our Secrets; Lockdown Blues; Mila Repa; Right Here, Right Now, Right On; Shade of Blue; Liberation Times.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Elemental, Erik Escobar, Jasper Van't Hof, Nguyen Le and Trilok Gurtu

Read "Elemental, Erik Escobar, Jasper Van't Hof, Nguyen Le and Trilok Gurtu" reviewed by Len Davis


We go to Europe with Jasper Van't Hof't and Nguyen Le. The exciting music of Trilok Gurtu and Ranjit Barot, both extraordinary drummers. Jean-Luc Ponty brings African rhythms, and Brazilian bassist Michael Pipoquinha with his album Lua.Playlist Elemental “Dig" from Elemental (Blue Canoel) 00:00 Erik Escobar “Homenaje al Gran Maestro Gonzalo" from Erik Escobar ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: Liberation Time

Read "Liberation Time" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Perhaps the biggest success of Liberation Time is that its title feels sincere and not ironic. Such a sentiment could have easily come out as a cute bit of wishful thinking under the restrictions of pandemic life. Being who he is, though, John McLaughlin inevitably finds the value and positivity even in this strange state of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter, Terje Rypdal, ARC Trio, Chris Taylor Ranjit Barot and Trilok Gurtu

Read "Touch Guitarist Markus Reuter, Terje Rypdal, ARC Trio, Chris Taylor Ranjit Barot and Trilok Gurtu" reviewed by Len Davis


Music from Markus Reuter's most recent album Truce, ARC Trio featuring Jimmy Haslip, Scott Kinsey and Gergo Borlai and Ranjit Barot and Trilok Gurtu. Playlist Markus Reuter"Swoonage" from Truce (Moonjune) 00:00 Terje Rypdal “Ornen" from Selected Recordings (ECM 06:12 ARC Trio “Joan Miro" from ARC Trio (Blue Canoe)12:25 Chris Taylor “Green Divided By Blue" ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Celebrating the legacy of Joe Zawinul

Read "Celebrating the legacy of Joe Zawinul" reviewed by Len Davis


Scott Kinsey, Zawinul, Steve Khan and much more. Playlist Scott Kinsey “The Combat Zone" from Kinesthetics (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Joe Zawinul “Patriots" from Live in Oakland (Self Produced) 08:32 Sixun “Ali Go Go" from Nomads Land (Polygram Jazz) 17:05 Ranjit Barot-Mohini Dey “Ekalavya" from Ekalavya (Self Produced) 25:29 Steve Khan “Guy Lafleur" from The ...

Article: Live Review

Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019

Read "Jazz&Wine of Peace 2019" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Jazz & Wine of Peace Festival Teatro Comunale di Cormòns e varie sedi nel Collio e in Slovenia 23-27.10.2017 La ventiduesima edizione del festival Jazz&Wine of Peace di Cormòns si è svolta dal 23 al 27 Ottobre, con la medesima, fortunata formula degli scorsi anni: un concerto serale al Teatro Comunale ...

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Article: Interview

John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music

Read "John McLaughlin on the Mystery of Creativity, Inspiration, & Music" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Improvised music within a sophisticated framework is one if the primary hallmarks of jazz. World class improvisation requires split second reactions, mental agility, dexterity, and the emotive soul of an artist. As a testament to his age defying vitality, on January 29, 2018 at the age of 76, John McLaughlin won a Grammy® Award for the ...


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