Record Rack: Salsa De La Bahia, Mark Dresser Quintet, Fred Fried and Core

Of Body, Mind and Heart By Brian Arsenault Body  Salsa De La Bahia: (Patois Records) A Collection of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz Maybe this remarkable album should be reviewed by a Spanish speaker. But maybe not. The music is universal even if you dance like an awkward gringo (present) or don’t dance… Read More Record Rack: Salsa De La Bahia, Mark Dresser Quintet, Fred Fried and Core

Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall

By Don Heckman At first glance, Saturday night seemed to offer one of the intriguing jazz events of the season: alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa appearing with his groups Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak in a CAP UCLA concert at Royce Hall.  Over the past decade, Mahanthappa, a second generation Indian American, has received significant recognition from… Read More Live Jazz: Rudresh Mahanthappa with Indo-Pak Coalition and Gamak at Royce Hall

Jazz With an Accent: CDs by Rudresh Mahanthappa; Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner & Felix Saluzzi. And Further Thoughts

By Fernando Gonzalez Catching up with a pair of worthy, recent releases: Indian fusion and Argentine bandoneones. Rudresh Mahanthappa Samdhi (ACT) Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa has been methodically building his music out of blending South Indian Carnatic musical elements and contemporary jazz. In Samdhi, he takes it all a step further as he brings technology… Read More Jazz With an Accent: CDs by Rudresh Mahanthappa; Dino Saluzzi, Anja Lechner & Felix Saluzzi. And Further Thoughts