Trilok Gurtu
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Usfret (1988), 7/10
Living Magic (1991), 6/10
Crazy Saints (1993), 7/10
Believe (1995), 6/10
Bad Habits Die Hard (1996), 5/10
The Glimpse (1997), 6/10
Kathak (1998), 5/10
African Fantasy (2000), 5/10
The Beat Of Love (2001), 5/10
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Percussionista dell'India, nato a Bombay nel 1951 ma educato a Hamburg e scoperto in Svezia da Don Cherry, Trilok Gurtu nel 1984 sostituì il compianto Colin Walcott negli Oregon e nel 1989 entrò nel trio di John McLaughlin. Gurtu ha anche suonato al fianco di Philip Catherine, Shankar, Charlie Mariano, Paul Bley.

His "solo" debut, Usfret (CMP, 1988), features the likes of trumpeter Don Cherry, guitarist Ralph Towner, Indian violinist Lakshminarayana Shankar, Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg, French keyboardist Daniel Goyone and his own mother, vocalist Shobha. The album shuns the exotic overtones and delves into supernatural spirituality. Shobha opens in an atmosphere of mystery before percussion, trumpet and violin launch in an Indian frenzy and the plaintive cantillating soars from the jungle. Electronic strings float around Shobha's intense Om. Cherry's dreamy trumpet phrases and Shobha's ecstatic laments hypnotize Shangri La, another track soaked into metaphysical suspense; it segues seamlessly into Usfret, a mixture of wordless chanting and rhythmic and quasi orchestral emphasis. The album exceeds in variety with the surreal funk music of Goose Bumps and the loungey piano sonata Milo.

Rispetto ai suoi lavori precedenti, Living Magic (march 1991 - CMP, 1991), in a multinational septet with Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, French keyboardist Daniel Goyone, Belgian bassist Nicolas Fiszman, British kora player Tunde Jegede and Indian veena player Shanthi Rao, privilegia la versatilità sul virtuosismo.

Un provvisorio equilibrio fra world-music, elettronica e jazz venne trovato su Crazy Saints (june 1993 - CMP, 1993), with Goyone, keyboardist Joe Zawinul, guitarist Pat Metheny, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, French bassist Marc Bertaux.

Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu (1951), the son of vocalist Shobha Gurtu, who had played with Don Cherry (1976), with Oregon (1984) and with John McLaughlin (1989), perfected a technique that draws equally from Indian tabla and dhol drums, from jazz music (cymbals, hi-hats) and from other ethnic cultures (gongs, congas, cowbells, snares). He even dipped resonating instruments in buckets of water to produce sounds that he could not produce with traditional instruments. He began his mission with the intense mixture of Indian music, jazz-rock and world-music of the double-CD Usfret (1988), featuring the likes of trumpeter Don Cherry, guitarist Ralph Towner, Indian violinist Lakshminarayana Shankar, Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg, French keyboardist Daniel Goyone and his own mother, vocalist Shobha, although the album still downplayed the exotic overtones and emphasized instead supernatural spirituality. His world horizons further expanded on Living Magic (march 1991), performed by a multinational septet with Goyone, Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek, Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos, Belgian bassist Nicolas Fiszman, British kora player Tunde Jegede and Indian veena player Shanthi Rao.
Electronic keyboards and a lot more jazz reduced the world-music element on the trilogy that followed: Crazy Saints (june 1993), featuring Goyone, keyboardist Joe Zawinul, guitarist Pat Metheny, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, French bassist Marc Bertaux; Believe (july 1994), for a more regular quartet (Goyone, Vietnamese bassist Chris Minh Doky and guitarist David Gilmore); and the live Bad Habits Die Hard (october 1996) by the same quartet but with Andy Emler replacing Goyone on keyboards (and saxophonist Bill Evans and violinist Mark Feldman guesting).
However, Gurtu later embarked on a project to fuse African and Indian music while retaining the western song-oriented format on the following trilogy: The Glimpse (september 1996), whose core was an Oregon-like ensemble with Emler, Bulgarian flutist Teodosii Spassov and Indian-American guitarist Jaya Deva; Kathak (december 1997), an Afro-Indian-jazz jam with Swedish bassist Kai Eckhardt de Camargo, Moroccan guitarist Jaya Deva, Indian sitar player Ravi Chary and vocalist Neneh Cherry; and African Fantasy (2000), performed by a mixed African-Indian ensemble (Chary, Fiszman, Deva and several African vocalists).
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Widely considered one of his generation's greatest percussionists, Gurtu perfected a technique that draws equally from Indian tabla and dhol drums, from jazz music (cymbals, hi-hats) and from other ethnic cultures (gongs, congas, cowbells, snares). He even dipped resonating instruments in buckets of water to produce sounds that he could not produce with traditional instruments.

Believe (july 1994) was another spectacular tour de force, but this time Gurtu led a more regular combo: Vietnamese bassist Chris Minh Doky, French keyboard player Daniel Goyone and USA guitarist David Gilmore (of Lost Tribe). And the partners often stole the show.

Bad Habits Die Hard (october 1996 - CMP, 1996) documents live performances with Andy Emler replacing Goyone on keyboards and Bill Evans (sax) and Mark Feldman (violin) guesting.

The Glimpse (september 1996 - Verve, 1997) was performed by an Oregon-like ensemble that featured Bulgarian flutist Teodosii Spassov, Indian-American guitarist Jaya Deva, Indian sitar player Ravi Chary, etc.

Kathak (december 1997 - Efa, 1998) was an Afro-Indian-jazz jam with Swedish bassist Kai Eckhardt de Camargo, Deva, Chary and vocalist Neneh Cherry.

African Fantasy (Blue Thumb, 2000) offered a song-oriented fusion of African and Indian motives performed by a mixed African-Indian ensemble (Chary, Fiszman, Deva and several African vocalists).

The Beat Of Love (january 2001), a mediocre Afro-pop effort which was partly composed by Squeeze's pop songwriter Chris Difford and by pop producer Wally Badarou for mass consumption, Ditto for Remembrance (2004).

Miles_Gurtu (Salt, 2004) was a collaboration with electronic musician Robert Miles. Farakala (february 2005) was recorded in Mali with African musicians.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Marco Spagnuolo)

Ampiamente considerato uno dei più grandi percussionisti della sua generazione, Gurtu perfezionò una tecnica che acquisiva in ugual modo sia dalla tradizione musicale indiana con i suoi vari strumenti tra cui: tabla e dhol drums, sia dal jazz con tutto un seguito di strumenti( cimbali, e hihats) ma anche da altre culture etniche(gong, conga, cowbells, snares, in pratica tutti elementi di percussione) Egli immerse anche strumenti di risonanza in recipienti riempiti con acqua per produrre suoni che altrimenti sarebbero impossibili con gli strumenti tradizionali.

Believe (july 1994 - CMP, 1995) fu un altro spettacolare tour de force, ma questa volta Gurtu era alla guida di un più regolare combo: il bassista Vietnamita Chris Minh Doky, il tastierista Francese Daniel Goyone e il chitarrista Americano David Gilmore (dei Lost Tribe). I partner spesso rubavano la scena.

Bad Habits Die Hard (ottobre 1996 - CMP, 1996) documenta performance live con Andy Emler alle tastiere al posto di Goyone e Bill Evans al sax e infine Mark Feldman al violino.

The Glimpse (settembre 1996 - Verve, 1997) fu eseguito da una sorta di ensemble di chiara matrice Oregon, che comprendeva il flautista Bulgaro Teodosii Spassov, il chitarrista Indiano-Americano Jaya Deva, il suonatore di sitar l’Indiano Ravy Chary e altri…

Kathak (dicembre 1997 - Efa, 1998) fu una jam di jazz Afro-Indiano che comprendeva il bassista svedese Kai Eckhard de Camargo, Deva, Chary e la cantante Neneh Cherry.

African Fantasy (Blue Thumb, 2000) si tratta di un brano che nasce dalla fusione di motivi indiani e africani eseguito da un ensemble misto di musicisti africani e indiani (Chary, Fiszman, Deva e diverse cantanti africani).

The Beat Of Love (gennaio 2001), è una mediocre raccolta di Afro-Pop la quale in parte fu composta dal cantautore pop degli Squeeze Chris Difford e dal produttore pop Wally Badarou ed aveva in pratica un intento molto più commerciale, stesso discorso per Remembrance (2004).

Miles_Gurtu (Salt, 2004) fu una collaborazione con il musicista elettronico Robert Miles. Farakala (febbraio 2005) è un lavoro registrato nel Mali con artisti africani.

20 Years Of Talking Tabla is a career retrospective.

Massical (august 2008) features Jan Garbarek (sax), Carlo Cantini (violin, keyboards), Roland Cabezas (electric and acoustic guitars), Kai Eckhardt and Johan Berby (both on bass), and vocalist Sabine Kabongo. 21 Spices (may 2010) documents a collaboration with 20 musicians: rock drummer Simon Phillips (Peter Gabriel, Gary Moore, Who, etc.), bassist Michel Alibo, guitarist Roland Cabezas, and the NDR Big Band conducted by Joerg Achim Keller.

Trilok Gurtu (percussion, vocal) and Simon Phillips (drums) collaborated on 21 Spices (Koch, 2012) that also featured Roland Cabezas (guitar), Michel Alibo (bass) and the NDR Big Band.

Spellbound (december 2012 - Moosicus, 2013) features the trumpets of Nils Petter Molv‘r, Ibrahim Maalouf, Hasan Gozetlik and Paolo Fresu.

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