21 Spices

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some of the stodgier individuals in the jazz world labor under the delusion that a big-band project is not legitimate unless it sounds like something Buddy Rich would have done in the '50s and is full of overdone warhorse standards that have been recorded by literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different artists over the years. But thankfully, not everyone in jazz sees things that way. 21 Spices, in fact, takes big-band music into both the jazz-rock fusion realm and the world jazz realm. This 2011 release is a collaboration between Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu who composed all of the material, drummer Simon Phillips, and Germany's NDR Big Band; also on board are...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Some of the stodgier individuals in the jazz world labor under the delusion that a big-band project is not legitimate unless it sounds like something Buddy Rich would have done in the '50s and is full of overdone warhorse standards that have been recorded by literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different artists over the years. But thankfully, not everyone in jazz sees things that way. 21 Spices, in fact, takes big-band music into both the jazz-rock fusion realm and the world jazz realm. This 2011 release is a collaboration between Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu who composed all of the material, drummer Simon Phillips, and Germany's NDR Big Band; also on board are Michel Alibo on electric bass and Roland Cabezas on electric guitar. And with this lineup in place, the result is a fusion album that has a strong world music influence and sounds a bit Weather Report-ish in spots, only with the muscular horn section that the NDR Big Band brings to the table. Naturally, Gurtu's mastery of Indian percussion and the wordless, Indian-style scat vocals that the Mumbai native provides gives 21 Spices which contains both live and studio performances some Indian appeal at times, but Indian music is hardly the only world music influence that asserts itself on this 55-minute CD. Actually, Latin music is a more prominent influence, especially on "Broken Rhythms" and "1-2 Beaucoup." Meanwhile, "Balato" and "Jhulelal" both incorporate elements of African music. So in terms of world music influences, 21 Spices is pleasingly far-reaching. And it is also an exciting demonstration of the fact that regardless of what bop snobs have to say, big-band recordings don't have to recycle old Buddy Rich charts in order to have validity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2011
  • Label: Spv U.S.
  • UPC: 885513800121
  • Catalog Number: 80012
  • Sales rank: 88,564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peace of Five - NDR Bigband (9:16)
  2. 2 1-2 Beaucoup - NDR Bigband (5:28)
  3. 3 Kuruk Setra - NDR Bigband (9:43)
  4. 4 Balahto - NDR Bigband (6:36)
  5. 5 Broken Rhythms - NDR Bigband (4:15)
  6. 6 Jhulelal - NDR Bigband (10:20)
  7. 7 21 Spices - NDR Bigband (9:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trilok Gurtu Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Tabla, Vocals, Kanjira, Djembe, Cajon, Repenique
Simon Phillips Drums
Michel Alibo Bass
Ingolf Burkhardt Trumpet
Dan Gottshall Trombone
Peter Bolte Alto Saxophone
Lutz Büchner Tenor Saxophone
Fiete Felsch Alto Saxophone
Marcio Doctor Percussion
Matthias Erlewein Tenor Saxophone
Thorsten Benkenstein Trumpet
Roland Cabezas Guitar
Ingo Lahme Bass Trombone
Jörg Achim Keller Conductor
Frank Delle Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Stephan Meinberg Trumpet
Stefan Lottermann Trombone
Klaus Heidenreich Trombone
Vladyslav Sendecki Keyboards, fender rhodes
Phillip Kacza Trumpet
Björn Berger Tenor Saxophone
Michel Aliba Bass
Technical Credits
Trilok Gurtu Composer
Joachim Becker Producer
Peter Brandt Engineer
Walter Quintus Producer, Recording Producer
Axel Dürr Executive Producer
Wolf Kerschek Arranger, Producer
Michael Plötz Engineer
Marko Schneider Mastering
Stefan Gerdes Executive Producer
Gregor Lengler Inside Photo
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