Trilok Gurtu with Simon Philips - 21 Spices (3 stars)

The percussionists join forces with 19 other musicians from the NDR Big Band

Trilok Gurtu with Simon Philips - 21 Spices


Scottish audiences have already had a taste of percussion master Trilok Gurtu’s large scale spectaculars at Perth Concert Hall and Celtic Connections, and this release captures another in that sequence, co-led by drummer Simon Phillips (of Toto fame) and featuring the excellent NDR Big Band (the title derives from the fact that there are 21 musicians involved). Gurtu indulges in a couple of excursions into his trademark vocal mnemonics from the South Indian tradition, but the influences feeding into the music are characteristically wide-ranging, taking in jazz fusion, Latin and African music, and rock.

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