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Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. The favorite accompanist for many of India's greatest classical musicians and dancers, from Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar to Birju Maharaj and Shivkumar Sharma, he has not let his genius rest there. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations including Shakti, which he founded with {{John McLaughlin = 9281}} and L

Is That So?

Label: Abstract Logix
Released: 2020
Track listing: Kabir; Sakhi; Tara; The Search; The Guru; The Beloved.

ARTICLE: RADIO

A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases

Read "A tribute to Tony Allen plus some new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a tribute to the great Nigeria drummer, percussionist and songwriter Tony Allen. One of the main collaborators, and musical director, of Fela Kuti's band Africa '70 from 1968 to 1979, he was a central figure in Afrobeat music. In later years he embraced a variety of musical styles, developed “Afrofunk" and worked with a ...

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Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate: The Ripple Effect

Read "The Ripple Effect" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Ripple Effect is the coup de grace of Bela Fleck's ten year-plus excursion into the African roots of his chosen instrument of the banjo, originally titled Throw Down Your Heart (Rounder, 2009). Part of a larger set comprised of both video and audio on DVD/CD, The Complete Africa Sessions (Craft Recordings, 2020), these ten concert ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John McLaughlin Shankar Mahadevan Zakir Hussain: Is That So?

Read "Is That So?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

When mandolinist Uppalapu Srinivas passed away in 2014 it seemed to signal the end of Remember Shakti. A great loss to music on both scores. Five years later, in early 2019, the band reformed with violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan for a one- off concert in India, sparking a new lease of life for the band. And many, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Crosscurrents Trio, Dave Douglas, Aaron Dolman and More

Read "Crosscurrents Trio, Dave Douglas, Aaron Dolman and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week a focus on four great new albums from Dave Douglas, The Crosscurrents Trio (Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Zakir Hussain), Aaron Dolman and Matana Roberts. Also a selection of other newly released material and some live Miles Davis. Playlist Dave Douglas “Showing Up" from Engage (Greenleaf) 00:00 Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Crosscurrents Trio: l'Oriente incontra l'Occidente

Read "Crosscurrents Trio: l'Oriente incontra l'Occidente" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Il Crosscurrents Trio è composto da tre maestri dell'improvvisazione quali Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain e Chris Potter. Emanazione di un progetto in settetto nato da un'idea di Hussain, il trio si fonda sul desiderio di esplorare le connessioni culturali e musicali tra Oriente e Occidente. In questo prospettiva la musica non rappresenta unicamente una forma di ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases

Read "Moon Hooch, Matt Ulery, Cochemea and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our exploration of new releases [for the first part, click here]. In this segment we focus heavily on powerful saxophone players like Cochemea, Tenor Triage's Michael Eaton, Sean Sonderegger and James Brandon Lewis, Ghost Horse's Dan Kinzelman, Moon Hooch's Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, Charles Owens, Hearing Thing's Matt Bauder, the Crosscurrent Trio's ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West

Read "Crosscurrents Trio: East meets West" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

The Crosscurrents Trio is comprised of three master improvisers: Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter. Emanating from a multicultral septet project, which was the brainchild of Zakir Hussain, the trio developed out of the desire to explore the cultural and musical connections between the East and the West. From this perspective, music is not only ...

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Take Five With Will Sellenraad

Read "Take Five With Will Sellenraad" reviewed by Will Sellenraad

Meet Will Sellenraad Will Sellenraad has earned a fast growing reputation of being at the forefront of creative musicians working in New York City. Known for his brilliant improvisations and his compelling, melodic compositions, this New York City native melds the various styles, phrasings and concepts of the jazz idiom with the raw elements of soul, ...


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