Press . . . and some Radio . . .

Updates coming soon will include international coverage from countries including Italy, Germany, and France.

Selected Recent Press:

Feature article about Rudresh in the New Yorker!

Apti reviewed in Rolling Stone.

Check out Rudresh's Voicemail for Obama on PRI's Studio 360.

Kinsmen sweeps over 20 year-end lists/polls including The New York Times, NPR, The Village Voice, and the BBC to name a very few. Click here to see the whole rundown.

Kinsmen featured on NPR's All Things Considered.

Indo-Pak CD release show at Le Poisson Rouge reviewed in the New York Times.

Apti featured on PRI's The World.

Kinsmen reviewed in the New York Times.

Interview with Rudresh about Kinsmen from WNYC's Soundcheck:

Kinsmen and The Beautiful Enabler receive 4 stars in Downbeat.

The Beautiful Enabler reviewed in All About Jazz.

Read a great review of Rudresh's Guggenheim Fellowship premiere work "Samdhi" at JazzTimes.

Selected press for Codebook:

Codebook recevies CHOC (the highest rating) from France's Jazzman Magazine. Read the review here.

Codebook extensively reviewed in Science Magazine. Read the full article here (in pdf format).

Codebook received 4 stars in the March Issue of UK's Jazzwise Magazine in Jazzwise Magazine. Read the review here.

Codebook was the Editor's Choice for February in the UK's Jazz Review Magazine.

Codebook received the "bollino di Marzo" (or "pick of March") by Italy's Musica Jazz.

Both Raw Materials and Codebook were named two of the top jazz albums of 2006 by many publications and bloggers. Some lists of note include Village Voice, Jazztimes, and the Denver Post.

Codebook reviewed in Downbeat (in pdf format).

Codebook reviewed in Jazztimes.

Codebook featured as a Jazz Pick on American Public Media's Weekend America radio show.

Codebook reviewed by the Denver Post.

Codebook featured in Science Magazine.

Codebook featured on with sound clips and the story behind the music.

Codebook featured in the Hindustan Times.

Codebook reviewed by

Another great review at

Codebook and Rudresh featured in September's JAZZIZ (in pdf format).

Selected press for Raw Materials:

Raw Materials JVC show reviewed in the New York Times.

Raw Materials featured in a New Yorker illustration!!

Read a review from Jazztimes

Read a review from Time Out New York

Read a feature article from the Wall Street Journal

Selected press for the Dakshina Ensemble:

Rudresh's shows with Carnatic saxophone legend Kadri Gopalanth were sold out in Philadelpha and New York this past May!
Read a review at here.

Read a feature story about Rudresh and this project in the Philadelphia City Paper here.

Hear an interview with Rudresh and Kadri about this project on NPR here.

Hear an interview with Rudresh and Kadri about this project on WNYC's Soundcheck here.

Selected press for Mother Tongue:

Mother Tongue received 4 Stars in the February issue of Downbeat.

Mother Tongue made the Jazzmatazz Top Ten of 2004.

Read a review at

Read a review at

Mother Tongue was named one of Top Ten Jazz CDs of 2004 by the Chicago Tribune.

Feature story about Rudresh in the December issue of Jazz Times. Click here to read the article.

Hear an interview with Rudresh talking about Mother Tongue on WNYC

Read a review at

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Selected press quotes:

"definitely one of the strongest voices on the jazz scene"
-All Music Guide

"Mahanthappa’s chops are practically unparalleled. . . making music unlike anything else in the city today. This kind of elevation and refinement is not simply a cut above the norm; it arguably redefines the norm."

"Mahanthappa creates a music that is at once technically brilliant yet musically cogent, harmonically adventurous yet expressively straightforward. Mahanthappa takes listeners into fascinating Eastern Idioms that are otherwise virtually unheard in jazz today." – Chicago Tribune

"ingenious" –

"he has a significant role to play in jazz, not only as a composer, but as an articulator of the form."

"Mahanthappa’s a gifted conceptualist" – Village Voice

"Mahanthappa feels this music like lesser mortals feel 4/4 swing time. The language that is the real subject matter of Mother Tongue is that of acoustic jazz made in real time by real players. It’s spoken everywhere, but seldom with the degree of eloquence you’ll hear on this stunning CD."
Signal to Noise

"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

"Mahanthappa displays a visceral tone and a grab-you-by-the-collar attack that dares the listener to turn away. [A] talent to keep a steady eye on." -The New Yorker

"some of the most distinctive sounds heard in jazz during the past few years. . .a gifted player" [ with Jason Moran ] "Two of the dynamic players to come along in recent years. . .Only a year ago it looked like these two were part of the scheme for where jazz was going; now it looks more like they represent where jazz is." -Gary Giddins

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

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

"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

“A prodigy . . . a saxophone phenom” –New City


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