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Amit Chaudhuri

With Adam Moore (guitar). Matt Hodges (keyboards), Paul Williams (bass), and Nafees Khan (tabla)

The term ‘Renaissance Man’ is hard to justify, but certainly it’s the case for Amit Chaudhuri. Known to many as a writer and to others as an essayist/polemicist, Amit is equally a musician, with two releases on out on Babel. Here is a rare chance to see him in an environment in which he is happy – a jazz club. He fuses the North Indian vocal tradition with jazz with a confidence and competence almost unequalled. As Martha Kearney described him: ‘upsettingly multitalented’!

“Calcutta-born singer Amit Chaudhuri’s follow-up to This Is Not Fusion (Babel, 2010) is another captivating and deeply idiosyncratic fusion/not fusion of Hindustani classical music, jazz, rock and blues… If you haven’t heard the band before, you’re in for a treat—dreamy raga-based discursions which incorporate the acid rock songbook, trumpeter Miles Davis’ modal legacy, Delta blues and retro Tin Pan Alley… A quirky, one-of-a-kind, little piece of magic.”Chris May, on www.allaboutjazz.com

“Occasionally, very occasionally, something arrives out of the clear blue sky that, because of its verve, daring, and chutzpah, so tickles your fancy that it double-take ripples into double-take. Found Music is one of those rarities…a series of soundscapes straight out of Chaudhuri’s imagination and his memory’s darker recesses…Just go with the flow.”Ken Hunt, Jazzwise magazine

“It’s a rich and provocative journey he’s taking us on… Inspirational… The world music scene is a much more interesting place with the presence of Amit Chaudhuri.”Peter Culshaw, **** Songlines

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