Ranjit Barot is a well-known figure in India's music industry, where for many years he has written film scores, produced Indie pop, and, more recently, composed and directed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Delhi. Barot, who spent the first 12 years of his life in England, came to a wider audience as the drummer on guitar icon John McLaughlin
's outstanding Floating Point
(Abstract Logix, 2008). McLaughlinwho knows a thing or two about drummersfound in Barot a drummer versed in the jazz, jazz-rock and fusion traditions, as well as one conversant in Indian harmonic and rhythmic accents: a soul-mate, you might say.
It was childhood friend Zakir Hussain
who persuaded Barot to get out of the studios where he was earning his bread and butter, and realize his full potential as a musician. Barot toured with Hussain in the United Sates and went on to play with trumpeter Don Cherry
and saxophonist Charlie Mariano
, honing his craft and growing in confidence along the way.
All About Jazz's Far East correspondent, Ian Patterson
. spoke with Barot about the recording of his ambitious Abstract Logix debut, Bada Boom
(2010), bringing an Eastern sensibility to Western fusion, and much more in his in-depth interview, Ranjit Barot: Beautiful Collision
, published today at All About Jazz.
But there's more. To celebrate the recent release of Bada Boom
, All About Jazz has been providing additional extensive coverage:
- Read Ian's insightful CD Review of Bada Boom, also published today; you can also read what AAJ Managing Editor John Kelman had to say about the disc, when his review was published a couple weeks back;
- Download Singularity," the opening track on Bada Boom, Today's Free MP3;
- Watch a video on the making of Bada Boom, Today's Video.
All About Jazz is committed to bringing you the most exhaustive coverage anywhere surrounding new releases, so be sure to check out all the buzz about Ranjit Barot and Bada Boom at All About Jazz today!
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