With the release of Spirit and Spice saxophonist/composer George Brooks creates a colorful tapestry, weaving together the rich traditions of jazz and Indian classical music. The confluence of these two powerful improvised forms, with liberal doses of funk, blues and contemporary minimalism have been at the core of his musical language for the past thirty years. Brooks says: "Bringing together accomplished jazz musicians with master classical Indian artists is one of the great pleasures and successes of my work as a musician." He goes on to say; "In my compositions and in the studio I strive to create an environment that challenges and inspires, giving these talented musicians an opportunity to reach across continents and revel in the joy of speaking a common language" George Brooks Summit is George Brooks on saxophone, Fareed Haque on guitar, Kai Eckhardt on bass, & Steve Smith on drums & konnakol (vocal percussion). This brilliant recording also includes guest appearances by Zakir Hussain, Swapan Chaudhuri, Frank Martin, Niladri Kumar, Ronu Majumdar, Kala Ramnath, Hamsika Iyer, Sridhar Parthasarathy, & Celso Alberti. From the extraordinary musicianship to the inventive compositional ability of leader George Brooks, Sprit and Spice will surely establish itself as one of the most outstanding recordings of 2010.
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George Brooks Trio pays homage to Terry Riley's - Indian music / KPFA Radio
Saxophonist George Brooks leads a trio that pays homage to composer Terry Riley (who turned 81 on June 24) by extrapolating on Riley's deep involvement with and expression of Indian music. Pianist Osam Ezzeldin and violinist/vocalist Ganesh Rajagopalan join Brooks tonight for a KPFA: Berkeley - live studio concert, previewing Friday night's performance at the Berkeley Arts Festival. The Berkeley Art...
George Brooks Summit bring 'Spirit & Spice' to jazz
With the release of Spirit and Spicesaxophonist/composer George Brooks creates a colorful tapestry, weaving together the rich traditions of jazz and Indian classical music. The confluence of these two powerful improvised forms, with liberal doses of funk, blues and contemporary minimalism have been at the core of his musical language for the past thirty years. Brooks says Bringing together...