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Product Description

SAMDHI represents a new direction in
combing the complex melodic and
rhythmic elements of both Carnatic
(South Indian) music and the traditions of jazz within an electro-acoustic format
consisting of alto saxophone with
electronics, electric guitar, electric bass,
and drums.

SAMDHI is breaking new ground in the
multicultural landscape of modern music.


Alto Saxophonist of the Year --2011 DownBeat International Critics Poll

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Parakram #1
  2. Killer, Richard s Game
  3. Playing with Stones
  4. Parakram #2
  5. Ahhh, Meeting Of The Skins
  6. Still-Gas
  7. Rune
  8. Breakfastlunchanddinnner
  9. For My Lady
  10. For All The Ladies

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Act Music & Vision
  • ASIN: B005BEHB5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By inner exile on November 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This quintet album, the title of which means "Twilight", saw the light of the day after a three-year hybernation, as it was originally recorded October 9, 2008. "I was particularly interested in examining a few melodic and rhythmic aspects of South Indian music in greater detail. I was also fascinated by the vast array of sounds and beats coming out of the electronic music and hip-hop worlds...Essentially, I wished to contemplate my own past with the hopes of creating something new," the Indo-American saxophonist writes in the liner notes.
The band also includes guitarist David Gilmore, who should not be confused with the one of P. Floyd fame, an impressive and tight rhythm section made up of bass guitarist Rich Brown and drummer Damion Reid, and Indian percussionist Anantha Krishnan on mridangam and kanjira.

Among the more ambitious compositions we find the boisterous, fast tempo #2 'killer', with Mahanthappa introducing his computer enhanced alto sound and a jagged, restless solo from Gilmore; the exotic and meandering #4 'playing with stones'; the playful medley of styles (funk, swing, bebop) exhibited on #6 'breakfastlunchanddinner'; the slightly poignant #8 'ahhh' which is off to a lazy start that shifts to a higher gear once Gilmore takes the center stage with his searing improv., followed by a fiery sax boost; and the dense, circular themed #10 'still-gas' with a pinch of eeriness, featuring a nasty, chop-heavy jazz-rock guitar solo.
We also have sax interludes like the serene #1 'parakram 1' ("advance, courage"?) and #11 'for my lady' in the mould of the Norwegian saxist Jan Garbarek (elsewhere Mahanthappa's timbre reminds me that of David Sanborn, who is listed among the bandleader's major influences), plus the electronica infused experimental #7 'parakram 2'.
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