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Zakir Hussain

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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

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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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Article: Under the Radar

Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga

Read "Charu Suri: The Jazz Raga" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The Roots of Indo-JazzJazz and Indian ragas share common ground in their traditional use of improvisation. They are often talked about in compatible terms, but Ravi Shankar, for one, did not believe that ragas could be compared to jazz improvisation. Spontaneous creation in jazz differs from the complex rhythmic structural patterns of Indian improvisation. Shankar became ...

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Article: Year in Review

Most Read Articles: 2021

Read "Most Read Articles: 2021" reviewed by Michael Ricci


All About Jazz tracks how often an article is read, and the articles listed below represent our most popular in 2021. Chris May won the chicken dinner placing six articles in the top 16. John Coltrane: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Building a Jazz Library April 8, 2021

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Article: Top Ten List

Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye

Read "Pat Martino Top Ten Albums: More Than Meets The Eye" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Hugely admired by his peers, guitarist Pat Martino never really enjoyed the high profile accorded the likes of John McLaughlin, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny or John Scofield, though in that esteemed company the Philadelphian guitarist, who passed away in 2021, surely belongs. In a sixty-year career, interrupted for the guts of a decade by ...

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Article: Live Review

Ethno Port 2021

Read "Ethno Port 2021" reviewed by Martin Longley


Ethno Port Zamek Culture Centre Poznań, Poland September 3-5, 2021 The 2021 Ethno Port was much closer to the festival's accustomed scale, although still with a limited audience size. There were also no freebie outdoor performances in front of the Zamek castle-palace, although this was due to the ...

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 It seemed inevitable that Zakir Hussain would collaborate with jazz musicians as the '70s unfolded. Jazz had been sidling up to Indian classical music gradually since the early '60s. In 1962, Gary Peacock and Bud Shank played on Ravi Shankar's album Improvisations (World Pacific), although this was ...

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Article: Interview

Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Holland: Another Land

Read "Another Land" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Though bass legend Dave Holland's entire career has been one marked by adventure, it has been a while since he recorded back-to-back albums with the same working group. Recordings such as Hands (Dare2, 2010), with flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela, the duo outing The Art of Conversation (Impulse! 2014) with Kenny Barron, Blue Maqams (ECM, 2017) with ...

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Article: Interview

Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 1-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


"Everybody wants to play with Zakir. He's amazing..." The words were spoken by Herbie Hancock, one of many musicians who paid tribute to the great Indian tabla player and composer Zakir Hussain on the occasion of his Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Jazz Centre in 2017. In a short film made for ...


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