The Indo-Pak Coalition - Agrima

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Thursday April 19, 2018

From Jazziz Magazine

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition ‘” Agrima
By: John Frederick Moore

From the beginning of his career, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has traveled in multiple musical universes, but the music of southern India has always been a polestar. For his latest album, Mahanthappa reunites his Indo-Pak Coalition ‘” with guitarist Rez Abbasi and percussionist Dan Weiss ‘” the band responsible for the excellent 2008 album Apti, which gracefully combined jazz improvisation with Indian classical music. Here the group raises the stakes.

[…] In fact, electronic enhancements play a big role overall. Mahanthappa frequently treats his alto with software effects, lending a gauzy, dreamlike ambiance to ‘Showcase’ and an otherworldly vibe to ‘Rasikapriya.’ Another new development is that Weiss plays a hybrid set-up of tabla and drum set, allowing for varied textures and more aggressive grooves on some tracks. Taken together, this album has a harder edge than the group’s previous effort, and it’s all the better for it.

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