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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.
The first track caught my attention and further listening improved my appreciation for this music,very relaxing and mesmorising.
"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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.5 stars Well Done ! VERY DECENT Accurate recordings of Tablas, percussions...
flutes, sax, are quite nice too, but.... Read more
Fantastic recording. First song has some of my favorite guitar work ever recorded. Just wish they would have brought the sax down in the mix at times.Published 22 months ago by jeremy j. roth
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 on March 9, 2014 by Douglas Patton
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 morePublished on March 24, 2011 by Mark Sullivan
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 morePublished on September 15, 2002 by Paul J. Escamilla
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 morePublished on February 24, 2002 by Kenny b Natural