November 12, 2013 – 4:49 am

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Bremen 2013 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the BLG-Forum, Bremen, Germany; September 3, 2013. Excellent FM broadcast (Nordwestradio, Globale Dorfmusik Live).

When Rudresh Mahanthappa played in Malaysia in September 2013, he twittered: “Had an amazing time last night with [his group] Samdhi at KL International Jazz Festival 2013. Kuala Lumpur is amazing too!”

Guggenheim fellow and 2012 Downbeat International Critics Poll Alto Saxophonist of the Year, Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative composers and performers in jazz today, fusing the musical culture of his Indian ancestry and jazz with myriad other influences to create a groundbreaking artistic vision.

Mahanthappa is Indian by birth and discovered Indian music in a roundabout way.

According to the wikipedia, Mahanthappa was born in Trieste, Italy, the son of Indian emigrants to the United States. He was born in Italy as a result of his father’s job in academia, but spent nearly his entire early life in Boulder, Colorado, graduating from Fairview High School in 1988. In 1992, Mahanthappa graduated from Berklee College of Music. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in jazz composition from Chicago’s DePaul University in 1998.

During his time at Berklee, he was introduced to the music of Indian saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath, whose use of a Western instrument in the context of Carnatic music surprised and inspired Mahanthappa. He would later travel to India on a grant to work with Gopalnath. Mahanthappa traveled again to India for his Guggenheim Fellowship so that he could study and gain a better understanding of the formal elements of Carnatic music. In a 2011 interview with Westword about the resulting album, Samdhi, Mahanthappa said, “my idea was to take whatever I learned - take that knowledge - and really put in a setting that has nothing to do with Indian classical music.”

Reviewing Mahanthappa’s latest album, Gamak (2013), jazz critic John Fordham wrote in The Guardian:

Gamak is one of Mahanthappa’s most exciting sessions, joining garrulous Indian themes (often unison melodies for the sax and vibrant new guitar recruit David Fiuczyski, a pairing forged in a Jack DeJohnette group) to Ornette Colemanesque laments that run on hip-hop grooves or crunching prog-rock riffs. There are also visits to a Lee Konitz-like jazz-sax balladry, and the occasional hint of the blues. Tautly mathematical, interlocking-pattern music alternates with a gentler lyricism on the opening Waiting Is Forbidden, and Fiuczyski sounds like everything from a Chinese violinist to a slide guitarist and occasionally even the UK’s Billy Jenkins; We’ll Make More sounds like a Tim Berne band, and on the outstanding Lots of Interest, the album’s vivid balance of postbop fluency, incandescent ensemble intensity and fierce guitar improv is most successfully struck. It’s an accomplished, imaginative and confident contemporary world-jazz set.

Thanks to Tomyoungster who recorded the show and shared the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Waiting Is Forbidden 13:58 (23.5MB)
Track 102. Abhogi 12:41 (21.3MB)
Track 103. band intro 1:06 (1.9MB)
Track 104. Stay I 5:36 (9.4MB)
Track 105. We’ll Make More 13:29 (22.7MB)
Track 106. Circus 7:49 (13.1MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Slendro 9:39 (16.2MB)
Track 202. Wrathful Wisdom 14:09 (23.8MB)
Track 203. Ballad For Troubled Times 9:52 (16.6MB)
Track 204. Majesty Of The Blues 3:47 (6.3MB)
Track 205. Lots Of Interest 6:37 (11.1MB)
99 mins

Rudresh Manhanthappa - alto saxophone
David “Fuze” Fiuczynski - guitar
Francois Moutin - bass
Dan Weiss - drums

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  1. 7 Responses to “RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA - BREMEN 2013”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Nov 12, 2013

  3. Wow - looks interesting!

    Love seeing this out-there stuff posted.

    By lowendbill on Nov 12, 2013

  4. From Bread to Rudresh Mahanthappa? I wanna know what drugs yer on, Big-O!

    By lowendbill on Nov 12, 2013

  5. lowendbill, that is what makes Big-O such an exciting virtual-club to visit daily. No way to be bored! Hey ed saad! this cooks! Rudresh is creating in a new kind of jazz fusion!

    By 5yrsnojob on Nov 12, 2013

  6. I love jazz, jazz fusion and Indian music, so this should be RIGHT up my alley. Thank you!!!!

    By Paul on Nov 12, 2013

  7. Great recording!! Like the reference to Berne.

    By Bernestalker on Nov 13, 2013

  8. the blind boys of alabama did two songs on the colbert report wednesday. one that didnt air which was amazing grace & the one that did..there will never be any peace. it was excellent. jimmy carter.. one of 2 still living original members talked to colbert first. amazingly theyve been around since 1944. they met and were in school together 74 years ago. he didnt say his age but id guess he would have to be around 78-80 using the information he gave. their first album was released in 1948 i believe which would mean it was 4 yrs after they started performing which was in 1944. he woulda been around 13-15 for that first album.

    By darth on Nov 15, 2013

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