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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