Mahanthappa, Rudresh / Mother Tongue
Album: Mother Tongue   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mahanthappa, Rudresh   Added:Nov 2004
Label:Pi Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-12-05 Pull Date: 2005-02-06 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 6 Jan 30 Jan 23 Jan 16 Jan 9 Dec 26 Dec 12
Airplays: 1 2 3 1 4 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 19, 2014: Rebop
The Preserver
4. Feb 04, 2005: Memory Select
2. Jul 09, 2011: Rebop
The Preserver
5. Jan 28, 2005: Memory Select
3. Aug 01, 2006: Umami Jazz Program
6. Jan 27, 2005: Multiple Personality Disorder

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-12-10
Fine modern jazz outing that draws a little bit from Mahanthappa's Indian roots. A quartet led by sax and piano (with former Bay Area dude Elliot Kavee on drums!) Mahanthappa and Vijay Iyer, the pianist, have put out some of the most intriguing and creative new jazz in the last few years. Mahanthappa is an able student of '60s jazz, and I just love the steely, glassy sound Iyer puts down on piano -- although he's more restrained and traditional year.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy "regular" jazz and would like to hear it stretched in new directions; think Greg Osby or Steve Coleman.

1- Old bebop sound
2- A dry fast stepper, after a bass-solo intro
3- Slowish
4- Upbeat and intellectual, with long sax lines
5- Mid/fast, brisk. Nice piano, tangly but restrained. Intense near the end.
6- A quietly happy, fairly fast one.
7- Mid/fast, complex
8- Midtempo and a bit more "out there"
9- A robust tangle, with cool solos from drums & bass
10- Sax solo, thoughtful
11 [hidden track] -- Lush and pretty, then gets tangly and fast. Ends with a pause, then an avalanche of spoken voices: "No, I don't speak 'Indian.'"

Track Listing
1. The Preserver   6. Circus
2. English   7. Konkani
3. Kannada   8. Tamil
4. Gujarati   9. Malayalam
5. Telugu   10. Change of Perspective