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Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa



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Press/Artist Quotes

The Press Says . . .

"superb. . . Mahanthappa’s chops are practically unparalleled. . . making music unlike anything else in the city today."
-allaboutjazz.com

"a gifted player . . . tremendous exuberance."
-Gary Giddins

"alto monsta . . . expect tumult and introspection, chaos and ressurection, terror and evolution."
-The Village Voice

"This alto player has a tone like iron and charges from 0 to 80 in about four seconds. He has been making his name playing tough, rhythmically complicated, challenging music, more and more, by playing with his own group." (highly recommended concert)
-The New York Times

"[a] talent to keep a steady eye on."
-The New Yorker


"fiery alto blowing . . . Mahanthappa comes out smoking at every opportunity."
-Cadence

"heaven-storming"
-The Los Angeles Times


"Compelling and fiercely individualistic... The vibrancy of his tone, the unflagging drive of his rhythms, the speed of his bebop-influenced passages, and the mercurial nature of his improvisational ideas establish Mahanthappa as a player with a great deal to say."
-The Chicago Tribune

"His solos ring with an almost religious fervor"
-Chicago Reader

"A prodigy . . . a saxophone phenom"
-New City

"One of 24 young New York jazz musicians to watch in the year 2000."
-Jazzman

 

Other Artists Say . . .

"Mahanthappa is one of the freshest, strongest young voices on the alto saxophone that I've heard in a long time. With his experience of the rich tradition of Indian music and jazz, his music is full of rhythmic surprises and swing. He's got something to say and the future is his! Check him out!!"
-Joe Lovano

"How delighted I was to hear Rudresh Mahanthappa play the alto saxophone. His sound is rich and mature and those ideas!!! . . . twisting, turning, colorful lines with lots of suspense. He is a true improviser with blistering technique. Watch out for Rudresh!!"
-Tim Hagans

"It's very refreshing and encouraging to hear music of this intensity coming from a young saxophonist. Rudresh exhibits a rare harmonic and melodic fluency which projects his ideas beyond mere craft, to a well developed form of art."
-Ernie Watts

"This is some very exciting and adventurous music by a promising young alto saxophonist. Rudresh Mahanthappa is ready to be heard."
-David Liebman


About Rudresh  Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet

Mp3s  Upcoming Performances

Discography/CD Purchase Info  Contact

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