Jazz On 3: Rudresh Mahanthappa and Gamak
Radio 3 Presenter
Rudresh Mahanthappa first came to my notice a good few years back in a duo with New York pianist Vijay Iyer. From the off he stood out – a powerful, fleet fingered saxophonist with a musical vocab that has as much to do with the Southern Indian music of his ancestry as it does the M-Base sound of his downtown New York home. This week we welcome Rudresh back to Jazz On 3 with a group comprising drummer Dan Weiss, bass player François Moutin and guitarist David “Fuze” Fiuczynski. The name of Dave’s own group – Screaming Headless Torsos – gives a hint to this double-necked axe-man’s approach.
To close the show, something completely different. In fact that would be true whatever the context, because Kate and Mike Westbrook have, over several decades, developed a language that’s absolutely their own. As they celebrate their 40th year of collaboration they give us an insight into their musical lives and a glimpse of new project The Serpent Hit.
Tune in from 11pm on Monday 23 September or listen online for seven days after broadcast.