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Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 September 2013

A second chance to hear one of Jazz on 3's gig highlights of 2013: Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa in performance with his quartet, Gamak, at Ronnie Scott's.

Mahanthappa is second-generation Indian-American and his music reflects this heritage: the classical Carnatic tradition of southern India is absorbed into a progressive jazz language that takes in complex, muscular rhythmic patterns as well as hip-hop grooves. In Gamak he casts his net even wider, pulling in Americana, go-go and heavy metal along the way too. The band's name comes from the south Indian term for melodic ornamentation, so it's fitting that he's joined in this group by guitarist Dave 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, known for his intricate, microtonal playing and for whom Mahanthappa wrote much of the music. The band is completed by longtime collaborators Francois Moutin (bass) and Dan Weiss on drums.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton and Chris Elcombe.

Music Played

13 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • New Release

    • Image for Gregory Porter
      00:00

      Gregory Porter Liquid Spirit

      Composer: Gregory Porter

      Liquid Spirit, Blue Note

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa Inteview

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak recorded at Ronnie Scott's, London on 2 September 2013

    • Line up: Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax); David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (guitar); Fran├žois Moutin (bass); Dan Weiss (drums)

    • Image for Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
      00:09

      Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak Waiting Is Forbidden

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    • Image for Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
      00:23

      Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak Abhogi

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    • Image for Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
      00:37

      Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak Stay I

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa On His Musical Influences

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak recorded at Ronnie Scott's, London on 2 September 2013

    • Image for Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
      00:45

      Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak Lots Of Interest

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    • Image for Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak
      01:02

      Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak Ballad For Troubled Times

      Composer: Rudresh Mahanthappa

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