"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"
"A prodigy . . . a saxophone phenom"
"One of 24 young New York jazz musicians to watch in the year
"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!!"
"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
"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."
"This is some very exciting and adventurous music by a promising
young alto saxophonist. Rudresh Mahanthappa is ready to be heard."
Rudresh Mahanthappa represents a new generation of American
jazz musicians by portraying the culture of his ancestry through
his music. Jazz is an indigenous American art form; yet Rudresh,
having been raised as a first-generation Indian-American by immigrant
parents, has fused his various cultural influences to creatre
a truly unique style.
At the young age of 29, he has already made appearances Steve
Coleman, Jack DeJohnette, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Von
Freeman, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Fareed Haque, Vijay Iyer,
Howard Levy, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby, Dr. Lonnie
Smith, and Clark Terry.
Rudresh has also participated in several international jazz
festivals including India's Jazz Yatra, the Chicago Jazz Festival,
the Jamaica Jazz Festival, the Toledo Jazz Festival, Jazz in the
Sangres, the Verona Jazz Festival, and the Flint Jazz Festival.
Mahanthappa has his Bacelors of Music Degree in jazz performance
from Berklee College of Music and his Masters of Music degree
in jazz composition from Chicago's DePaul University.
Rudresh Mahanthappa currently lives in New York where he is
clearly emerging as an important and influential voice in the jazz world.
Click here to learn more about Rudresh.
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