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  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Art Of Groove
  • ASIN: B004GDYY6I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Beaucoup 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
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'21 Spices' sees two giants of the percussion world team up in a unique collaboration with Germany's NDR Big Band - tabla specialist Triok Gurtu and rock drummer Simon Phillips.

The musical roots of the two protagonists on this album could not be more different. Bombay born Trilok Gurtu left India in the seventies and in the following decade went on to perform with such greats as John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul and Pat Metheny. In contrast Londoner Simon Phillips pursued a very different path, initially as Jeff Pocaro's successor in rock combo Toto and then with Peter Gabriel, Gary Moore and The Who.

Mixing live recordings with studio tracks, '21 Spices' (named after the number of musicians involved) documents a work originally premiered at the Drums'n'Percussion Festival in Paderborn in May 2010. Occasionally strident, sometimes subdued, this recording is a unique excursion through contrasting musical worlds.

Personnel: Trilok Gurtu (percussion & vocal), Simon Phillips (drums), Michel Alibo (bass), Roland Cabezas (guitar), NDR Bigband conducted by Joerg Achim Keller

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr D R King on 11 Feb. 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Bought this on the recommendation of a friend - wow glad I did!

I've found myself listening to more and more 70s 80s jazz fusion late Friday and Saturday nights. Weather report, Passport, Stanley Clark, Return to Forever etc. bit of a track down memory lane.

Well, this fits right in but when these guys get in a groove - bloody hell! Absolutely sublime and blew my socks off.
I'm now finding it a struggle not to over play it.

Simply stunning.

If this type of music is your thing - highly highly recommended.
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The Big Band Genre is Reborn!! Eastern Fusion 6 May 2011
By D. Brier - Published on Amazon.com
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A fiery fusion of a big band, with Eastern influences and killer musicianship, led by the rhythm master Trilok Gurtu. I'd love to know who all the musicians are because the solos CRUSH IT. Bassist is UNREAL, Simon is in the zone, and the composotions are killer. This CD transforms the big band genre. If you enjoyed the Jaco Pastorius Big Band, THIS is the album that SHOULD have been. Amazing. Outstanding.

Imagine Shakti with a big band and you may come close.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fusion from the future 1 Dec. 2012
By David G McCain - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit it: I bought this for Simon Phillips, the world class drummer/composer for the stellar LA team known as Toto. But I wasn't expecting a trip to the future of jazz. This album is a mixture of past and everything in between. An absolute audio ear movie treat for the mind and soul. From the first note, Trilok and company transport you to worlds unseen in jazz, let alone in music. Of course, the music helps you visit the previous worlds of Jazz ( hints of Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain pop up here and there as well as some fusion ala Weather Report ). But this work is original, striking and bold. Even Simon once said ( from Drumhead magazine ) that this music " was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. " Buy this and take a trip to the future. You'll be glad you did. Five stars.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Jaco and Weather Report Resurrected.....kind of 4 Mar. 2011
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This CD is full of wonderful music reminiscent of the Weather Report/Jaco Pastorius Big Band sound. This is tight, world music arranged and played at a very high level. The Indian percussive and vocal influences that Trilok Gurtu brings blends wonderfully with Simon Phillips on drums, and the German NDR Big Band. This CD is a mix of studio and live cuts. The torch has been passed, and these musicians have picked it up admirably. Highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
worthwhile 25 Jun. 2011
By Dr. Hafahrrr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm mystified as to why Daniel Goyone was not involved in this project, or credited on the music.
His contributions to the originals for "1-2 Beaucoup" "21 Spices" had to be significant. In any case,
I just wanted to give a shout out to Daniel. He provided the melody that transformed the Crazy Saints
line-up into something special. In a way, this album is just a tribute to the best work that band did.

The album is worthwhile as a new take on some great old songs. And the recording quality is very high.
So it is worthwhile, and it's good for Simon Phillips to raise the profile of this songbook.

On the other hand, I think if you pull together the original albums, you will find that they actually
have a lot more energy and pace than the Big Band here does. Pick up copies of Usfret/Living Magic/
Crazy Saints/Believe. Or if you just want one album, get Bad Habits Die Hard. The Crazy Saints band
was a band that made a mark similar to the great fusion bands of their era. More people should be aware
of their work.

Nice to see Trilok get a high-production album as well. This album should help keep some of his
important work alive, and make it more accessible to a wider audience.
Awesome! Some of the most rhythmically challenging music I've ... 4 July 2014
By JR in Texas - Published on Amazon.com
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Awesome! Some of the most rhythmically challenging music I've ever heard and yet a great listen, not just a music theory exploration. Simon Phillips must have the arms of an octopus if he can play all that!
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