In the past five years, a new crop of musicians — this time, most of them with South Asian roots — has pronounced its strong and embedded interest in bringing Indian classical together 21st-century jazz. The music they are creating is more directly tied to the sounds of the Indian subcontinent than was that of the ’60s experimenters; look to Vijay Iyer, Rez Abbasi and Dan Weiss for examples of such globalization-era brew. But especially, take stock of the bitingly alert alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. Mahanthappa, who was first inspired to bring Indian classical music into his jazz playing after hearing a Kadri Gopalnath record during college, makes some of the current day’s most bracing and exciting music.
- You: Rudresh Mahanthappa keeps a steady beat; he isn’t waiting for a big-label debut (washingtonpost.com)
- Rudresh Mahanthappa: Samdhi – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Rez Abbasi’s Invocation: Suno Suno (Review) (popmatters.com)