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Monday October 16, 2017

From All About Jazz

Rudresh Mahanthappa: Agrima
By: Angelo Leonardi

Long-awaited, this week’s Agro -Indo-Pak Coalition is released by Rudresh Mahanthappa , an album where eastern and contemporary traditions blend into articulate and enthralling paths. At nine years of the only record work ( Apti Innova, 2008), the trio collects the fundamental features of that project by adding new solutions, in an exalting picture of personal and collective inventiveness.

As it is well known, the saxophonist has developed his own identity as a musician and composer, combining American jazz education (from Charlie Parker’s love to studies with Steve Coleman ) with the traditional music of India, to which he is linked to family roots.

“Indian influence is so intertwined in the fibers of my personality,” Down Beat said in 2015, on the triple win of critics polls – something I do not think of anymore – she exits alone, ten years ago still resent of intentional approach and learning. It is now how to wash my teeth and emerge in the writing of Bird Calls , in Indo-Pak or in my quartet. “

The trio with Pakistani guitarist Rez Abbasi and US percussionist Dan Weisswas born to combine traditional Indian forms (ragas, talas, thekas, tihais, lahras etc …) with modern and contemporary jazz models. Powered by the experiences that the partners have developed independently, the Indo-Pak Coalition is now presented with a renewed face, perhaps less austere but less predictable. An organism in astonishing evolution between the meanders of contemporaneity.

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