MP3 Indofunk - The Basement Sessions
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3 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: World Fusion, JAZZ: Jazz Fusion
*NOTE: There are only three songs on this CD, but each one is a 20-minute-long jam!!*
Indofunk blends Indian classical and hip-hop music with straight-up American funk and dance beats to create a new take on funky music. As grooving as P-Funk and Sly Stone, as tight as any techno DJ, Indofunk also has that Indian meditative thing happening. Think Miles Davis meets Ravi Shankar and they jam on a drum'n'bass groove.
Indofunk is a unique mix of Indian classical music, funk, jazz, and live drum 'n' bass. New York City slide trumpet player Satish started with formal aspects of Indian music, such as aalapanas and ragas, threw in a good dose of jazz soloing, and put it all in a heavy sauce of Western backbeats and club sounds. Then he let his bandmates do the rest. The result? A groovalicious band with broad cultural and popular appeal. Jazz and worldbeat lovers can lose themselves in the trancelike modes and impeccable musicality, and groove lovers can be possessed by the rhythm of the beat. Reminiscent of the sounds of Mahavishnu and late Miles Davis, Indofunk's grooves are a tantalizing mix of old-school funk (à la Sly Stone and P-Funk), and modern drum 'n' bass.
With the release of its newest CD, The Basement Sessions, Indofunk is allowing itself to come out of the closet and establish itself as the highly competent jam band that it is. Comprised solely of improvised, unrehearsed jams, the three 20-odd minute tracks on the CD highlight each member's technical brilliance on their respective instruments, as well as their telepathic ability to communicate musically with the others, as if the band were one living, breathing organism.
Satish started in New York as a trumpet player with Indian music in his blood and bebop chops in his fingers. After starting to establish a voice in New York's bebop scene, he realized where his true voice was and started playing funk music with Indian vibes (in the form of modes, instruments, and sounds). Over the years, he found musicians perfectly suited for the Indian funk-jazz-jam music that he was developing, and began playing slide trumpet to achieve typical Indian gamakas (bends, slides, and other ornaments). The present band has been together for well over a year, and presently have 2 CDs out, with a third in the works. In addition to standard drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards, Indofunk's main lineup includes tablas and sitar, and frequent collaborators lend their talents on sarod, mridhangam, violin, and Indian vocals.
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