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Shakti was a renowned band in the world of fusion music, formed in the 1970s. It was a collaborative project featuring renowned musicians from different musical backgrounds, blending Indian classical music with elements of jazz and rock. The band was co-founded by Indian violin virtuoso L. Shankar, English guitarist John McLaughlin, and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

Shankar, a disciple of Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, brought his expertise in Indian classical music to the group. John McLaughlin, known for his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, contributed his jazz and rock guitar skills, while Zakir Hussain brought his mastery of the tabla, a traditional Indian percussion instrument.


Song of the Day

Shrini's Dream

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2023
Duration: 06:23


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dhafer Youssef, Imogen Ryall, Joe Lovano, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & More

Read "Dhafer Youssef, Imogen Ryall, Joe Lovano, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Enjoy a set featuring jazz inspired by a Persian mathematician, Omar Khayyam; jazz which blends with Hindustani and Carnatic music; jazz that meets a chamber string quartet; jazz that pays tribute to Joni Mitchell; and a whole bunch of other jazz permutations.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


Article: Year in Review

Most Read Album Reviews: 2023

Read "Most Read Album Reviews: 2023" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an album review is read, and the reviews listed below represent our top viewed in 2023. Though All About Jazz generates mostly organic traffic (i.e. via search and from within), results can be skewed by heavy social sharing. Still, most of the albums listed below align with staff favorites.


This Moment

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2023
Track listing: Shrini’s Dream; Bending the Rules; Karuna; Mohanam; Giriraj Sudha; Palmas; Changay Naino; Sono Mama.



Tiny Desk Concert

Featuring the music of Shakti
Duration: 19:39

It's hard to get past the significance of this performance by the Indian jazz fusion band, Shakti. Initially formed in 1973 by jazz guitarist John McLaughlin with virtuoso traditional Indian musicians, the band opened the doors for others to expand their musical appreciation beyond Western music. 50 years later, as guitarist McLaughlin reunites with tabla player Zakir Hussain to take Shakti on another world tour, the group stopped by for a magically inspiring performance behind the Tiny Desk.

News: Recording

John McLaughlin And Zakir Hussain's Groundbreaking Shakti Gets A Grammy Nomination For 'This Moment'

John McLaughlin And Zakir Hussain's Groundbreaking Shakti Gets A Grammy Nomination For 'This Moment'

Shakti, the recently reconvened global fusion trailblazers, have been nominated for the 2024 GRAMMY Award for Best Global Music Album for This Moment—the group’s first new studio album in more than 45 years, released on June 30, 2023, on the Abstract Logix label. “After our most successful tour ever of three continents, Shakti gets a GRAMMY ...


Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2023

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2023" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's been another year of surprises around every corner--faces old and new, material fresh or freshly remade, and full of endless imagination in every case. As always, this is just my selection of most-played favorites in no particular order. Matthew Halsall An Ever Changing View Gondwana Records It's almost ...

Article: Live Review

John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover

Read "John McLaughlin Quintet al Teatro AEGI di Hannover" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

John McLaughlin Quintet Teatro AEGI Hannover, Germania 12.10.2023 Si è appena concluso il trionfale tour della sua band Shakti per la ricorrenza del cinquantennale (purtroppo solo 7 date in Europa, e nessuna in Italia) che il chitarrista John McLaughlin è di nuovo on the road, questa volta con un nuovo ...


Article: Book Review

John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension

Read "John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension" reviewed by Jeff Schwartz

John McLaughlin: From Miles and Mahavishnu to The 4th Dimension Matt Phillips 287 Pages ISBN: # 978-1-5381-7094-6 Rowman and Littlefield 2023 In fall 2023 John McLaughlin led a new edition of his band Shakti on a world tour. Reviews and fan videos caught the eighty- one-year-old McLaughlin playing with ...


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