Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

There was something soft and appealing in his music, something of that romantic desert sunsets and the freedom of the eastern philosophies that helped my female guests get in the right frame of mind for an evening of semi new-age roll in the proverbial hay.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Zakir Hussain - Making music

I have a great appreciation to Zakir Hussain , both as a percussionist and musician and as a force that brought together some of the best western talents to play real new-world music with him and his group of Indian magician musicians.
 

All those experiences are brought to the table, and suddenly it all fits perfectly... because the music is very fresh, very spontaneous.

Even though it's composed, there's still a lot of room to take it somewhere different than where we were yesterday.”

 
 

I have to say that all of this respect to his professional career is dwarfed in front of the fact that Zakir Hussain, especially in his debut album 'making music' helped me get laid more than any other musician .

There was something soft and appealing in his music, something of that romantic desert sunsets and the freedom of the eastern philosophies that helped my female guests get in the right frame of mind for an evening of semi new-age roll in the proverbial hay.

Zakir Hussain did for the tabla what Ravi Shankar did for the sitar. Ok, maybe he is not as profoundly famous as Ravi, but he did bring the Indian percussion to the jazz and almost mainstream music in the west, riding the waves of 'global music' we still enjoy the fruits of today.

 
 

Other then being a great drummer and percussionist, Hussain knew how to do two things that immortalized him in the world music scene, the first was being a teacher and inspiration, of taking the time and energy to promote this kind of music worldwide, and the second was the biggest secret and talent a good musician should always have – choosing the right partners.

It was two major musicians that helped Zakir Hussain reach the cd shelves of music stores in the west (remember those? Before music was just a name on a screen…if you think you are old talking about vinyl records with sleeves and photos, we have moved one step forward when even real life cd stores are a charming artifact of the past…)

 
 

The first one was of course john McLaughlin, the strangely great and greatly strange guitar genius from the uk, who spent most of the last three decades in white cloths and in lotus position, and other then being usually quite annoying in his transcendental presence, had some moments of brilliance, especially when playing with others and not trying to lead himself.

The combination of his guitar melodies and fast paced solos with the boinking tablas and the soft summer feel of Zakir's themes, was something completely new, completely true, completely global.

 
 

And then there was Jan Garberek. Another example of the new generation of jazz musicians, who crossed the borders of free jazz into the sector of the world music and found a perfect nurturing ambient there among the notes the west just doesn’t get.

Garberek gave Zakir Hussain that desert wind his music was missing, but with a jazzy twist, a western sound, a modern version of the Sheppard's flute. The magic that happened was not only thanks to the talent of these three great musicians who gathered together in 'making music' to create world music history, it wasn’t in the parts, but in the whole, a symbiosis of three masters who were confident enough in their own chosen path that they could work together without stealing the spotlight, without diverting the carriage to one direction or another.

 
 

And that , exactly that , is what world music should be like.
a collaboration, a conversation, a relationship.
And you can hear that in the music. you can feel it.
thinking about it, maybe that is the reason why it got me laid so much…

 

Shakti http://youtu.be/KalRHm5S-sA
Making music http://youtu.be/bfpgKLORWk0
Masters of percussion http://youtu.be/As1OMMcHXFs
Japanese drums http://youtu.be/pNtpqj7ij0g