Mondo Garaj CD (2005)

Artist: Garaj Mahal

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Product Overview


Label Redeye Distribution
SKU 63898564
UPC 710184766226
UPC 14 00710184766226
Format CD
Release Date 2/8/2005
Author Garaj Mahal
Associated Artist/Work Haque, Fareed
Technical Info
Producer Garaj Mahal
CatalogID 010
Lable Name Harmonized Records
Released 02/08/2005
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00710184766226
Musical Guests
DJ Fly Agaric
DJ Roto
Michael Kang
Album Notes and Credits
Garaj Mahal: Kai Eckhardt (bass instrument); Fareed Haque, Eric Levy, Alan Hertz.
Personnel: Fareed Haque (guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar, electric sitar); Michael Kang (mandolin, fiddle); Eric Levy (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer); Alan Hertz (drums); DJ Roto (sampler, turntables); DJ Fly Agaric 23 (turntables).
Additional personnel: Michael Kang.
DJs: DJ Fly Agaric; DJ Roto.
Audio Mixers: Alan Hertz; Garaj Mahal.
Recording information: DRC Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA (10/08/2000/05/28/2001); Pocket Studio, Forrestville, CA (10/08/2000/05/28/2001).
Photographers: Alan Hertz; Theresa Reed.
Arranger: Garaj Mahal.
Recorded from 2000 to 2001 but finally released a year later as the band's first studio effort (after three live discs), Mondo Garaj captures Garaj Mahal in its relative infancy. Keyboardist Eric Levy had recently joined, and although he's prominent on these songs, his contributions have grown considerably since. In fact, only two songs from this album appeared on any of the subsequent live discs. But with musicians of the caliber and experience of bassist Kai Eckhardt, drummer Alan Hertz, and Fareed Haque on guitars, there is nothing tentative about this recording. Sounding like a combination of Return to Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in their '70s heyday, Garaj's jazz-rock fusion requires chops and innovation to stay interesting and avoid aimless noodling. They succeed, and even though the primarily instrumental cuts average seven minutes each, they never become repetitious or overstay their welcome. All four musicians are extraordinarily talented, but each adds his own instrumental prowess without hogging the spotlight. Not surprisingly, Haque's guitar, especially his "sitar guitar," takes center stage and infuses an East Indian feel to songs like "Beware My Ethnic Heart." But he leaves plenty of solo space for Levy, whose fleet-fingered synthesizer work -- reminiscent of Jan Hammer -- trades licks with speed and precision on the opening funky workout "Mondo Garaj." DJ Fly Agaric and DJ Roto add turntable scratching, loops, and samples to keep the sound contemporary, but this is really a showcase for the jaw-dropping talents of the four bandmembers. The band gels on all the tracks, but shows what it can do on "Hindi Gumbo," which features Haque's acoustic sitar/guitar solo. Nothing takes the place of seeing the band pull this off live, but Mondo Garaj provides an snapshot of how these four gifted individuals -- each of whom could be a band leader in his own right -- combine into a fine-tuned unit. ~ Hal Horowitz
Disc 1
1 Mondo Garaj
2 Hindi Gumbo
3 Be Dope
4 Junckt
5 Poodle Factory
6 Big Smack Down, The
7 New Meeting
8 Beware My Ethnic Heart
9 Madagascar
10 Gulam Sabri
11 Bajo
12 Milk Carton Blues
Product Attributes
Artist Mahal,Garaj
Label Redeye Distribution
Music Format Compact Disc

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