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Album Review

Trilok Gurtu has recorded his share of instrumental jazz and worked with jazz heavyweights like Joe Zawinul and Pat Metheny, but you won't find any jazz whatsoever on The Beat of Love. For myopic, narrow-minded jazz snobs who believe that jazz is the only form of music that has a right to exist, the CD's lack of jazz is a problem. But for broad-minded world music enthusiasts, The Beat of Love is a fine addition to Gurtu's catalog. Produced by West Africa native Wally Badarou, this album is meant to fuse modern Indian pop with the rhythms of black Africa (as opposed to Arabic North Africa). And the two prove to be quite compatible; on The Beat of Love, African elements sound perfectly logical alongside Indian rhythms and instruments. The voices of well-known African singers like Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo sound right at home with Indian instruments such as the sitar and tabla drums. But The Beat of Love isn't just about Indian and African elements — Gurtu combines those things with American funk and electronica. Of course, the modern pop sounds of India and black Africa are heavily influenced by Western pop and funk, and Gurtu is well aware of that. So if The Beat of Love is a musical tour of India and black Africa, there are also stops in the United States and Europe. And, in fact, the CD was produced in four different countries — not only India and South Africa, but also the U.S. and England. With a lot of help from Badarou, Gurtu sees to it that The Beat of Love is an unpredictable but consistently appealing celebration of multiculturalism.

Customer Reviews

Great album - but to Apple - let's keep the personal bias and attacks out of reviews, shall we?

As a jazz fan, and an appreciator of many kinds of music, Gurtu's included, I think this album is refreshing, wide-ranging and engaging. Definitely worth a listen if not a download. That being said, I'm not sure what kind of childhood tradgedy involving a jazz fan affected this iTunes reviewer, but what is with the reference to "myopic, narrow-minded jazz snobs"? Take it easy! Do you see anyone on here slamming this recording? Apple, let's keep these kind of personal assaults and judgements out of the reviews and save the space for reviewing the music, can we? If there is any hostility between musical camps, it is comments like that that breeds it.


Born: October 30, 1951 in Mumbai, India

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The musical traditions of the eastern and western worlds are bridged through the improvisations of Bombay, India-born percussionist/vocalist Trilok Gurtu. Gurtu's mastery of post-bop jazz has not gone unnoticed. Downbeat magazine named him "best percussionist" in three critic and popularity polls and proclaimed, "musically, the world is his stage". Jazz magazine, Straight No Chaser took a similar view, writing, "this music has a transcendental quality and removes any obstacles that lie between western...
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The Beat of Love, Trilok Gurtu
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World
  • Released: Jun 11, 2001

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