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Zakir Hussain and The Rhythm Experience

Zakir Hussain

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Album Review

Tabla-master Zakir Hussain heads The Rhythm Experience, a world percussion ensemble founded in 1984. His new release is world music at its very best, weaving the rhythms of India, Cuba, Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia into combinations of skillfully improvised exchanges with precise unison drumming. Guests include Mickey Hart, Narada Michael Walden, Mel Martin and Jim Loveless, as well as Zakir's father, Ustad Alla Rakha. The core group, with Fazal Qureshi, Dana Pandey, and ex-Diga Rhythm Band members Vince Delgado, Aushim Chaudhuri, Syed Arshad and Ray Spiegel, work out on an array of instruments, such as tabla, congas, darbukka, temple bells, maracas, claves, talking drum, vibes and others, using rock beats, call-and-response spoken boles and a surprisingly melodic base along the way. There are seven other Moment releases, each with Hussain, and Collection, Vol. 1, with tracks from each. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Spellbinding

The percussion and improvisation is spellbinding. This is an essential recording for enthusiasts of the tablas. Zakir Hussain & The Rhythm Experience is a passionate, innovative and articulate journey into Indian drumming. –Vine Voice

This CD is one of the best musical journeys I have ever experienced. The mix of traditional instruments with vibes on "Ryupak", which is in 7, is brilliant. I especially love the jam towards the end that seems to have overlapping time signatures. I could go on and on about how brilliant each track is, but then this review would be entirely too long. Please check this out. I think this is an important recording that everyone needs to experience and enjoy. It also makes for a great study tool. –Bill, Steve Weiss Music

...world music at its very best, weaving the rhythms of India, Cuba, Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia into combinations of skillfully improvised exchanges with precise unison drumming. Guests include Mickey Hart, Narada Michael Walden, Mel Martin and Jim Loveless, as well as Zakir's father, Ustad Alla Rakha. The core group, with Fazal Qureshi, Dana Pandey, and ex-Diga Rhythm Band members Vince Delgado, Aushim Chaudhuri, Syed Arshad and Ray Spiegel, work out on an array of instruments, such as tabla, congas, darbukka, temple bells, maracas, claves, talking drum, vibes and others, using rock beats, call-and-response spoken boles and a surprisingly melodic base along the way. –AMG

Biography

Born: March 9, 1951 in Bombay, India

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The tradition of Indian percussion has been revolutionalized by tabla player Zakir Hussain. The son of Ustad Allah Rakha, the long time collaborator of Ravi Shankar, Hussain has inherited his father's quest for bringing the music of India to the international stage. His recording credits include albums with George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Saunders, Billy Cobham, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony. His work with Mickey Hart of The Grateful...
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