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Making Music [Import]

Zakir HussainAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B0000260YC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It's a simple enough concept: gather four great musicians--percussionist Zaikir Hussain, flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia, guitarist John McLaughlin, and saxophonist Jan Garbarek--into a studio, push "record," and see what happens. In the case of Making Music, quite a bit does happen. The meditative flute work of Chaurasia gives this disc a much deserved Indian feel, Garbarek's soaring horn lines add plenty of soul, and the interplay between McLaughlin and Hussain forms a rich tapestry of sounds. Soothing and soaring, here's an example of genre-fusing at its finest. --Jason Verlinde

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.... October 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There's little I can really say about this much as it might seem a cliche, the music speaks for itself. John McLaughlin plays some gorgeous acoustic guitar throughout the disc, and Hariprasad Charasia graces the speakers with the most incredible, enchanting sounds (although it sounds much like a flute, it's actually a bansuri {sp?), an Indian bamboo flute). The only problem that I have with this recording has been adressed by previous reviewers, which is, the saxophone of Jan Garbarek in the mix. His playing seems much stronger and intense than the rest of the music, and it is quite brash at some points, such as the sax solo in "Zakir"...there are many times where I had to turn down the volume considerably, which is sort of a hassle, especially when your'e just trying to sit and relax, enjoying the music. Garbarek is a fine enough sax player, just doesn't really mix well with the other instruments. Otherwise, a fantastic disc. "Water Girl" is amazing, by the way. P.S. there is a version of the tune "Zakir" on the "Remember Shakti" double-disc set that I prefer to the one on this CD, it is much more intimate, and without the harsh (on the ears) saxophone solo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been 5 stars plus! September 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being an ardent fan of Zakir Hussain and lately of John Mclaughlin it was a heaven sent surprise when I found this CD on the shelf. Believe me when I got home and put it on the sensation was literally of floating on air with no contact with ground realities. However it was one of the rudest shocks I have ever received when Jan Gabarek came on the scene. The problem was not his playing but it would seem that the persons doing the mixing have a hearing problem in the mid range. The volume therefore of the system has to be lowered to maintain sanity and the excellent tonalities of the other instruments dissapear as if they were non-existent. If ECM had any consideration for brand loyalty or customer satisfaction as well as any responsibility towards the class instrumentalists on the disk, they would remix the disk and have each one of them replaced. Also it would be nice if the relevant instrumenatalists themselves could sample the commercial CD's and send in their comments.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not always profound, but great fun July 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love this album, though other reviewers are perfectly right to point out the occasional shallow spots and sometimes over-prominent sax (why do so many of Garbarek's collaborations have this fault?). I don't think these musicians were always aiming for profundity in these sessions. The title I think is meant to be taken literally: these guys were simply making music. But it is great fun all the way through.

All the performers are highly prolific, amazingly versatile and deeply experienced collaborators. Getting them together was perhaps more of a good marketing idea than the result of any great meeting of musical minds, but the result is consistently more stimulating than any Kenny G. recording that I know.

There are also moments of great beauty, especially those produced by Hariprasad Chaurasia and Jan Garbarek. Garbarek's sax often takes up not only Indian melodies, but also mimics the intonations of Indian instruments.

Musical pleasure for almost every ear, made by great musicians having fun together.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars McLaughlin on ECM / outstanding November 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Browsing the ECM page I stumbled across a listing for John McLaughlin--who to my knowledge had not recorded on ECM. This gem had slipped by--I found Hussain and the group very sympathetic to the overall mood of the album. There is actually little 4-member group interplay; the tunes are often series of duo and trio parts. McLaughlin is outstanding and seemingly more relaxed and not as driven as on some other recordings from this era. I would like to respectfully disagree with Garbarek's place in the mix-after all, who better to record and mix Garbarek than ECM. Let's hope these four get together for a belated followup.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chamber jazz, not New Age March 24, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I just listened to this again after revisiting some Shakti recordings. While there is a fusion element in the combination of Indian and Western instruments, musically it's chamber jazz like much of the ECM catalog. And it's mixed like that, so Garbarek's sax is hotter than the other instruments. A truly natural mix would be even worse! I'd give it three and a half stars if I could; it's pleasant enough, but nothing special. The most notable thing to me is John McLaughlin's restraint throughout. Like most guitarists I'm in awe of his incredible chops, but it's nice to hear how beautifully he can play when he slows down. I'd also disagree that ECM recordings are supposed to be relaxing. They're supposed to be beautiful ("the most beautiful sound next to silence"), which is not necessarily the same thing. You're supposed to listen to them, not sink into them like a hot bath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Indian/Jazz Fusion recordings ever. April 30, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The musicians here turn in great performances and the two Indian virtuosos in particular are on on a level of their own ! If you want an intro to classical Indian instrumental music this is an ideal place to start. I had it on LP and I nearly wore the disk out ! Although I do wish Garbarek's playing was a little more sympathetic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars East Meets West June 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
East Indian music with a couple of jazz songs included.

"Making Music" (the first song) is a 12-minute somewhat somber interplay between the four musicians,
"Water Girl" is a percussive worldbeat-type song featuring the tabla,
"Toni" is an "ECM-jazz" ballad featuring saxophone (the tone is excellent),
"Sunjog" is rhythmic jazz with each instrument entering in unison,
"You and Me" is an energetic tabla-guitar interplay and a great way to end the album,
and "Sabah" is another song which leans toward jazz.
"Zakir" has some guitar later joined by some squeeling sax near the end of the song. "Anisa" is a 3-minute guitar solo followed by 6 minutes of solo tabla and voice.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition my music collection.
If you have outgrown the rock & roll that sounds like a kid banging on a trash can, this is a wonderful alternative. I never get tired of listening to this music.
Published 1 month ago by Douglas Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaurasia is GODLY
Most of the tracks are really, really special words are about 'Sunjog'. It starts with a rather unconventional note from Garbarek... Read more
Published on November 21, 2004 by kuppurao
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great East-West fusion
I have to agree with the other reviewers about the volume level of Garbarek. He's just too hot in the mix. It's somewhat jarring to my senses whenever he plays. Read more
Published on September 15, 2002 by Paul J. Escamilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Manfred Eischer please turn down the sax a hair
This is a truly wonderful album and I agree with the other reviewers. I know it's for the sake of keeping it real but, Manfred the sax is way outta control volume wise. Read more
Published on February 24, 2002 by Kenny b Natural
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
This is the best Indian-Western fusion music I've heard (and I've heard a lot). Hariprasad and Garbarek are a beautiful combination. Garbarek has the Indian vibe down pat. Read more
Published on October 29, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for fans of John McLaughlin and Jan Garbarek
Zakir has created a timeless work. The playing of John McLaughlin is some of his finest. If you enjoyed Shakti, you will rejoice in this music. Read more
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