OK Mozart in Bartlesville Oklahoma last night? Magical! You peeps headed to Telluride, listen for this beneath the mountain glow!
The bass is from the 1500's and Edgar must reserve 3 airplane seats to transport it....
I love the album. Real cutting edge stuff
The album is very good. Check out this podcast, which I think is excellent:
Sorry, you must scroll down a bit - lots of good stuff though, if you like and I wouldn't miss the Steve Reich at all - but this performance is quite good and worthwhile listening.
I love the album too Furious E., but I don't know that it's groundbreaking, or cutting edge, really. Not to dismiss what you are saying, but I think the Menhuhin/Ravi Shankar stuff from the 60's is really cutting edge, at least in that it was some of the first "east meets west" music available to a wide audience. That music has stood the test of time imo. Again, not to dismiss what you are saying, but I think that the music released on the Water Lilly label (Zakir, Cooder, Fleck, Meyer, Hidalgo, Coryell, V.M. Bhatt, Kari Gopalnath, etc.) is truly cutting edge. Plus, it's on a small label too.
As far as being truly cutting edge, I'd have to go with Zakir's 'Making Music' album. Up there with 'Kind Of Blue' and other exalted picks as far as I'm concerned.
The 'Melody of Rhythm' is very good though. Personally however, I prefer this music in a live setting, as the link above shows.
yeah, that Water Lily label stuff is great. I stand by the notion that the F,H,M ensemble is covering new ground though. This isn't a simple east meets west concept of a non-easterner playing in that style or a straight collaboration between musicians of different cultures. To me this music achieves a level of identity previously unexpressed, to my knowledge. It doesn't sound like Eastern or Western classical musical. It doesn't sound like new age world fusion, it doesn't sound like jazz, it's really it's own thing. Combine that with the fact that they are occasionally experimenting multi-layering of time signatures, not just 2 mind you, but occasionally 3 separate time signatures performed simultaneously, and yeah I would say this is some pretty fresh shit.
Granted it's not gonna have as great an impact on the musical world as a whole as say Ravi Shankar performing in Monterey, or the forming of Shakti. As you mentioned those doors have already been opened and Zakir is always pushing the envelope, but the stuff Fleck, Meyer, and Hussain are producing now is about as interesting, intelligent, and fulfilling as anything else goin on.
certainly left hobolema in the dust