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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Codebook

Track List

>Decider, The
>Enhanced Performance
>Further and in Between
>Play It Again Sam
>D (Dee-Dee)
>Wait It Through
>My Sweetest

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (p.60) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The music is energetic, passionate and often surprising....This is original music well worth hearing."

JazzTimes (p.82) - "Mahanthappa's performance comes across much like a compelling narrator whose presence immediately puts you under his spell."

Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.47) - "[T]he music is surprisingly accessible in spite of its melodic and harmonic sophistication."

Album Notes

Personnel: Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone); Rudresh Mahanthappa; Dan Weiss (drums, drum); Vijay Iyer (piano); François Moutin (acoustic bass).

Audio Mixer: Michael Marciano.

Liner Note Author: Rudresh Mahanthappa.

Recording information: Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (04/21/2006).

Codebook is led by altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa but the quartet is very much a democracy, even if Mahanthappa contributed all of the selections. Bassist François Moutin and drummer Dan Weiss are both very active players even when backing the saxophonist and, although pianist Vijay Iyer's playing is subtle, he is also an important force in setting the moods and the grooves of the music. Mahanthappa shows a great deal of versatility, ranging from lines on "Wait It Through" that are worthy of Anthony Braxton to hints of John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Greg Osby and Steve Coleman. However, he also has his own approach, and he sounds nothing like his predecessors when he caresses the melody of "My Sweetest." This is a thought-provoking set of fiery but coherent music. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow


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