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Making Music

Zakir Hussain Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: 5555305001
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music 8 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
I first heard abaout Zakir Hussain through the Shankar Album "Song For Everyone" which blew me away and totally changed my mind set on music. When this came out a few years later i didn't think that i could feel so moved as i did with Shankar's album. How i was wrong. The opening track slowly took me to a place that i've seldom visited before, the flute so........flutey! transporting you to" India Heaven" when Zakir comes in with his tabla. Both John Mclaughlin & Jan Garberek are perfect partners.
I'm not a great reviewer, but when something touches you deep down, you have to speak out. This album is amazing, i will treasure it all my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love and marriage 2 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Funny how Amazon makes me say things I'd never utter in real life. This isn't some can of quick-gratification chemical sweetness that one simply 'loves' and discards. It is an enduring work of life-enhancing brilliance that stays with you, helps you through the hard times, puts really high peaks on the good times, ticks away quietly in the musical part of your being, keeps a snug fit between you and the world. And if you follow up on the musicians, you'll see that's exactly what they were trying to do. It's not about 'expanding consciousness of word music' or bringing 'the Indian tradition to the west'. It's what it says on the box. Making Music. Some of the best I've ever heard.
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58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most perfect album I have ever heard 19 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
Genuinely beautiful, graceful, lyrical, calming. This is my favourite album of all time for good reasons. From John McLaughlin's wonderful opening chord, through the rippling Water Girl and moments of ecstatic musical discovery in Sunjog and Zakir. It's difficult to comprehend how the humble human being can create something so perfect and extraordinary. Truly inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.... 17 Oct 2001
By Brandon S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's little I can really say about this CD....as much as it might seem a cliche, the music speaks for itself. John McLaughlin plays some gorgeous acoustic guitar throughout the disc, and Hariprasad Charasia graces the speakers with the most incredible, enchanting sounds (although it sounds much like a flute, it's actually a bansuri {sp?), an Indian bamboo flute). The only problem that I have with this recording has been adressed by previous reviewers, which is, the saxophone of Jan Garbarek in the mix. His playing seems much stronger and intense than the rest of the music, and it is quite brash at some points, such as the sax solo in "Zakir"...there are many times where I had to turn down the volume considerably, which is sort of a hassle, especially when your'e just trying to sit and relax, enjoying the music. Garbarek is a fine enough sax player, but....it just doesn't really mix well with the other instruments. Otherwise, a fantastic disc. "Water Girl" is amazing, by the way. P.S. there is a version of the tune "Zakir" on the "Remember Shakti" double-disc set that I prefer to the one on this CD, it is much more intimate, and without the harsh (on the ears) saxophone solo!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been 5 stars plus! 22 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being an ardent fan of Zakir Hussain and lately of John Mclaughlin it was a heaven sent surprise when I found this CD on the shelf. Believe me when I got home and put it on the sensation was literally of floating on air with no contact with ground realities. However it was one of the rudest shocks I have ever received when Jan Gabarek came on the scene. The problem was not his playing but it would seem that the persons doing the mixing have a hearing problem in the mid range. The volume therefore of the system has to be lowered to maintain sanity and the excellent tonalities of the other instruments dissapear as if they were non-existent. If ECM had any consideration for brand loyalty or customer satisfaction as well as any responsibility towards the class instrumentalists on the disk, they would remix the disk and have each one of them replaced. Also it would be nice if the relevant instrumenatalists themselves could sample the commercial CD's and send in their comments.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not always profound, but great fun 12 July 2005
By Marius Gabriel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love this album, though other reviewers are perfectly right to point out the occasional shallow spots and sometimes over-prominent sax (why do so many of Garbarek's collaborations have this fault?). I don't think these musicians were always aiming for profundity in these sessions. The title I think is meant to be taken literally: these guys were simply making music. But it is great fun all the way through.

All the performers are highly prolific, amazingly versatile and deeply experienced collaborators. Getting them together was perhaps more of a good marketing idea than the result of any great meeting of musical minds, but the result is consistently more stimulating than any Kenny G. recording that I know.

There are also moments of great beauty, especially those produced by Hariprasad Chaurasia and Jan Garbarek. Garbarek's sax often takes up not only Indian melodies, but also mimics the intonations of Indian instruments.

Musical pleasure for almost every ear, made by great musicians having fun together.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars East Meets West 6 Jun 2005
By musicfan28if - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
East Indian music with a couple of jazz songs included.

"Making Music" (the first song) is a 12-minute somewhat somber interplay between the four musicians,
"Water Girl" is a percussive worldbeat-type song featuring the tabla,
"Toni" is an "ECM-jazz" ballad featuring saxophone (the tone is excellent),
"Sunjog" is rhythmic jazz with each instrument entering in unison,
"You and Me" is an energetic tabla-guitar interplay and a great way to end the album,
and "Sabah" is another song which leans toward jazz.
"Zakir" has some guitar later joined by some squeeling sax near the end of the song. "Anisa" is a 3-minute guitar solo followed by 6 minutes of solo tabla and voice.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chaurasia is GODLY 22 Nov 2004
By kuppurao - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most of the tracks are really, really good....my special words are about 'Sunjog'. It starts with a rather unconventional note from Garbarek...Pardon my ignorance (if any) but I was not able to conclude if it is incorrect mixing or playing or a deliberately inserted 'noise' to make the oncoming note from Chaurasia, nothing but GODLY. I should admit that the first times I listened to it, the start of flute will almost bring a drop of tears in my eyes.

Must buy for anybody who wants to try Zakir, John and for anybody who wants to listen to any music of Zakir and John together, but outside of Shakti.
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