Kalyan Pathak & Jayho Jazzmata | The Shape of Ragazz to Come...

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The Shape of Ragazz to Come...

by Kalyan Pathak & Jayho Jazzmata

Transformative Accoustic Indian Raga Based Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Lost in the Hills blues
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2. She Said What?
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3. Lilooda Mol/Karna
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4. Wake Up and Smell the Curry
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5. Wanrawan
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6. Post Modal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Kalyan Pathak is a versatile drummer, percussionist and tabla player working in a variety of musical styles travelling and touring within the USA and abroad with the likes of Fareed Haque, Goran Ivanovich, Drop Q, Tributosaurus, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Jazz Mata, and many others.

"Fleet finger Virtuosity..." Howard Reich of Chicago Tribune

In his own project Kalyan put together a 12 people ensemble for the purpose of exploring the Ragazz sound and to record a CD of his own original music. Kalyan assembled everyone at his home in the second week of January and after 2 rehearsal days they went to the "Hot Ham & Cheese" recording studio for 3 days to capture the sound the band had been creating under Kalyan's direction.

Why is this CD cool and different?
Unlike most of the commercial music in the market these days, the sound on this music album contains no digital samples, loops, or highly processed sound bits in search of the so-called ethnic or tribal sound. There are no fancy solo fixings, or digitally manipulated sections on this album. Therefore, what 12 musicians created in supercharged energy by being with each other for 5 consecutive days, is what you will hear.


The moments shared over spicy food and aromatic incense, and the time spent in intense discussions about music from India v/s jazz, eventually came to be reflected in our playing with each other. Each of us felt a sense of deep joy and a feeling of a profound experience in creating this music together and we hope to share that with our listeners.

Soms of the best jazz musicians of Chicago are playing on this record and this record has gotten air play on NPRs all across the USA.

Kalyan Pathak: Tabla, Drumset, Spoken Tabla
Matt Kanelos: Piano
Matt Thompson: Upright Bass
Arati Shah-Yukich: Vocals, Tanpura
Hitesh Master: Vocals, Harmonium
Elizabeth Basta: Vocals
Ryan Shultz: Bass Trumpet
Ron Dewar: Tenor Saxophone
Scott Burns: Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Jonathan Paul: Electric Bass
Puranlal Vyas: Dholak, Tabla
Shivanad Bangar: Madal, Manjeera, Naal, Dhol, Dholak

Please visit www.kalyanpathak.com to learn more about Kalyan Pathak and his current concert schedule.


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Wilson and Alroy's Records Reviews

"If you're tired of the piecemeal use of "ethnic" musics...but you want to hear
It's hard to find a new genre-meets-genre combo no one's already done that isn't hopelessly contrived (e.g. klezmerengue). But ragazz ("raga" + "jazz") isn't a bad idea: both raga and post-bop are based on extended improvisations over a limited number of modes and/or chords. (And of course, jazz music has been influenced by Indian modes at least as far back as John Coltrane.) What makes the record really work is that neither jazz nor raga is used as seasoning - the musicians are well versed in both idioms, and on each track they reach for a novel way to combine them. The 14-minute suite "She Said, What?" is a particularly intriguing example: vocalist Arati Shah-Yukich hauntingly delineates the raga's melody, the horns blow a related melody while the piano vamps, then solos modally, and eventually the full jazz combo comes in, culminating in a trumpet solo, then fades back to the raga. The only track I have trouble staying with is "Wanrawan," where jazz harmonies and a soprano sax solo are backgrounded to a traditional vocal melody. There's also one straight-ahead bop tune, "Wake Up And Smell The Curry." Leader Kalyan Pathak plays trap drums and tabla, and wrote and arranged all the tunes except for "Wanrawan." The rest of the band is Matt Kanelos (piano), Matt Thompson (bass), Hitesh Master (vocals, harmonium), Elizabeth Basta (vocals), Ryan Shultz (bass trumpet), Puranlal Vyas and Shivanad Bagar (Indian percussion); Ron Dewar - Trane-sounding on "Lost In The Hills Blues" - and Scott Burns alternate on sax. If you're tired of the piecemeal use of "ethnic" musics by people like Bill Laswell and Peter Gabriel, but you want to hear something beyond the same old jazz, head over to www.kalyanpathak.com. (DBW)

David Oberbeck

Different / Complex / Interesting
Hugely interesting combination of two very different styles; well executed, a delightful listening experience. If you're tired of the 'same old stuff' check this out - you won't be disappointed!