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Mondo Garaj (2003)

Artist: Garaj Mahal
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Format: CD
Sku: 63898564
UPC: 710184766226
UPC 14: 00710184766226
Release Date: 2/8/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Mondo Garaj ~ Garaj Mahal
2. Hindi Gumbo ~ Garaj Mahal
3. Be Dope ~ Garaj Mahal
4. Junckt ~ Garaj Mahal
5. Poodle Factory ~ Garaj Mahal
6. Big Smack Down, The ~ Garaj Mahal
7. New Meeting ~ Garaj Mahal
8. Beware My Ethnic Heart ~ Garaj Mahal
9. Madagascar ~ Garaj Mahal
10. Gulam Sabri ~ Garaj Mahal
11. Bajo ~ Garaj Mahal
12. Milk Carton Blues ~ Garaj Mahal
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Garaj Mahal: Kai Eckhardt (bass instrument); Fareed Haque, Eric Levy, Alan Hertz.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Michael Kang.
Muze PNote DJs: DJ Fly Agaric; DJ Roto.
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Alan Hertz; Garaj Mahal.
Muze PNote Recording information: DRC Recording Studio, San Francisco, CA (10/08/2000/05/28/2001); Pocket Studio, Forrestville, CA (10/08/2000/05/28/2001).
Muze PNote Photographers: Alan Hertz; Theresa Reed.
Muze PNote Arranger: Garaj Mahal.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Garaj Mahal

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist DJ Fly Agaric
Muze Guest Artist DJ Roto
Muze Guest Artist Michael Kang

Associated Artists and Works

Haque, Fareed

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/08/2005
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 010
Music Label Name Label : Harmonized Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00710184766226

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   Mahal,Garaj
Product attributeLabel:   Redeye Distribution
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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