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What do you get when you mix tablas and turntables? One answer is Tabla Beat Science. This double-CD live effort proves that Indian classical and modern electronic-based music can cohabitate, particularly when the talented likes of tabla great Zakir Hussain and sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan (both exponents of Indian classical music) combine with bassist Bill Laswell, drummer Karsh Kale (both involved in modern world music fusions), and several other guests. Laswell is an expert at organizing these kinds of musical mash-ups, but he's done something special here: his dubby bass lines sound great next to hyperpercussive tabla beats, and the voices of Khan and rising Ethiopian siren Gigi meld together particularly well on such tracks as "Nafeken" and "Mengedege." The tunes here are more jam-oriented than on the group's studio album Tala Matrix, but this only further illuminates the trancelike quality that brings these different schools together. Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove is a prime example of what can be accomplished with an open mind and formidable musical skills. --Tad Hendrickson

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • ASIN: B000069B11
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Palermo on June 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to be part of this recording and the rehearsals leading up to it. Reviewers who bemoan the lack of melody at this performance have a legitimate complaint. But this is due to the totally new format these musicians were working under. If you pull together a band of virtuoso jazz musicians who have never played live together before, they will speak a common language of standards and form (head, solos, head, done) that will allow them to work as unit playing melodic tunes. The repertoire is deep and the shared knowledge is broad. Not so here, these guys are making it up as they go, they are blazing the trail and it's obvious.

That is not to say that there is nothing here, there is. These are amazing musicians engaged in a long improvisation of texture and rhythm. I tend to think of it as watching the surf. To some, it may seem monotonous, but to me, each wave is different and the overall effect is hypnotic.

The audience ate it all up. 10,000 people on their feet and dancing to these world beats. I remember one moment in particular where the band had laid back and let Zakir take a solo, Zakir's solo was reaching a climax and Laswell jumped back in. He owns the frequency band below 80Hz and you could feel the concussive power of his bass in your gut, it passed through your body like you were made of jello and washed over the crowd which responded with an estactic release of mass joy. Amazing.

The day leading to concert was spent in a rehearsal hall, working out about 6 different songs. These weren't so much songs as structures for improv. We shared burritos from the Mission and had a few laughs. These guys were fun and total pros. It was an experience I won't forget.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "sethjordan" on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
On the live front Laswell unleashes the touring version of his Indian rhythm-drenched collective, Tabla Beat Science, on this double CD recorded at San Francisco's long-running summer festival at Stern Grove park. While their debut 2000 studio incarnation Tala Matrix, which was billed as `adventures in electro-acoustic hypercussion', featured the quadraphonic tabla talents of Indian whiz Zakir Hussain, jazz-fusionist Trilok Gurtu, UK/Asian Underground producer/percussionist Talvin Singh and San Francisco beat-groover Karsh Kale, only Hussain and Kale are onboard for this live edition. But they're enough.
Also present from the original lineup are classical Indian sarangi master/ vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan and Laswell himself on bass, with added guests; the alluring Ms. Gigi, Bay area turntable-ist DJ Disk, and New Delhi-based mixing duo MIDIval Pundits. Combined they're a formidable team.
Zakir alone is worth the price of admission here. His calm demeanor belies the powerful rhythms that continually leap from his hands. A tabla player's tabla player, Hussain has an immaculate percussive pedigree (the gifted son of the late Alla Rakha, the longtime tabla partner of sitarist Ravi Shankar), with an almost unbelievable level of dexterous speed and skill at his disposal. Throw him together on `Sacred Channel' with Laswell's thundering underwater bassline and Kale's crisp kit drumming, and you create an explosive chemical reaction which can match virtually any power rock trio for rhythmic intensity.
Gigi attempts to calm things down a bit from time to time, as on `Nafekefi', trading subtle Ethiopian/Indian vocals with Sultan Khan, but it's a lost cause, and da boys quickly start propelling the proceedings forward again, with sub-dub beats and blistering audio assaults.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on February 1, 2003
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There's an inherent hazard in attempting anything under the vast umbrella of 'fusion.' Since the idea is to blend elements of separate styles or genres, it's important to strike a balance among the different sounds involved. I'll admit I'm no expert on the world of Indian techno out there, but I have to say that Tabla Beat Science meets that challenge perhaps more than anyone else I've heard. The earthy beats of the classic tabla (in the hands of the talented Karsh Kale and Zakir Hussain, no less) fit perfectly hand-in-hand with the ever-shifting samples and techno beats of the current century's dance-club sensibility. It's all about rhythm anyway, and if rhythm isn't universal I don't know what is.
Group mastermind Bill Laswell stays in the steady role of central bassist, providing a solid foundation for everyone else to spin, groove and whirl over. The electronic touches (far from being mere loop programs) grow and modulate throughout, giving everything else an organic pulse that keeps it far away from the realm of droning repetition. The turntable aspect is handled by the inventive DJ Disk and the mad-sampling duo Midival PunditZ; in fact, just about everyone involved has a productive career in their own right, and the sum of the parts with everyone contributing is something mighty fascinating indeed. "Taaruf" starts things with a stealthily complex opening jam between - surprise - two tablas. It's during the semi-startling jump to "Sacred Channel" that the east-west fusion truly gets off the ground. Ustad Sultan Khan and Gigi drop in and out with some occasional spirited vocals, "Nafeken" and "Satellite" being two of the supremely stellar standouts (cool alliteration alert!) to my ears. There's not a whole lot of variety overall, but that seems to be the least of anyone's concerns.
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