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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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  • 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: #111,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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10 of 10 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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5 of 6 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaurasia is GODLY November 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most of the tracks are really, really special words are about 'Sunjog'. It starts with a rather unconventional note from Garbarek...Pardon my ignorance (if any) but I was not able to conclude if it is incorrect mixing or playing or a deliberately inserted 'noise' to make the oncoming note from Chaurasia, nothing but GODLY. I should admit that the first times I listened to it, the start of flute will almost bring a drop of tears in my eyes.

Must buy for anybody who wants to try Zakir, John and for anybody who wants to listen to any music of Zakir and John together, but outside of Shakti.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific October 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. One this CD and recordings with Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, he blow his horn as if it were a shenai.
Zakir (thank goodness) doesn't go overboard as he often does elsewhere. And John plays softly and plays some of the sweetest melodies on "Zakir."
The music here has many moods and it has somehow captures what's best about Indian classical and jazz. All the musicians here are well versed in both spheres.
I wish there was a follow up recording to this, and there is to some extent. The Remember Shakti recording picks up where this CD leaves off by featuring most of the personnel on this recording.
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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 4 months ago by Douglas Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars Chamber jazz, not New Age
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... Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Mark Sullivan
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
4.0 out of 5 stars McLaughlin on ECM / outstanding
Browsing the ECM page I stumbled across a listing for John McLaughlin--who to my knowledge had not recorded on ECM. Read more
Published on November 1, 1999 by J. S. Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Indian/Jazz Fusion recordings ever.
The musicians here turn in great performances and the two Indian virtuosos in particular are on on a level of their own ! Read more
Published on April 30, 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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