Kevin Whitehead http://wclk.com en Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting http://wclk.com/post/rudresh-mahanthappa-bicultural-jazz-ever-shifting Saxophonist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/98785675/rudresh-mahanthappa">Rudresh Mahanthappa</a>'s quartet can sound like it's cross-pollinating Indian classical music and vintage Captain Beefheart. That befits a bicultural saxophonist who grew up in Boulder, where his Hindu family had a Christmas tree. For a long time, Mahanthappa resisted combining jazz and Indian music — it was almost too obvious a trajectory. But then he got serious about it.<p>South Asian influences had been planted in jazz decades ago, just waiting for further development. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:20:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 389 at http://wclk.com Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bicultural Jazz, Ever Shifting A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band http://wclk.com/post/special-edition-box-set-jack-dejohnette-and-band On a new box set collecting the first four albums of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15124740/jack-dejohnette">Jack DeJohnette</a> and his band Special Edition, two discs are gems and the other two have their moments. DeJohnette's quartet-slash-quintet was fronted by smoking saxophonists on the way up, set loose on catchy riffs and melodies. The springy rhythm section could tweak the tempos like no one this side of '60s goddess <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/12/10/143499121/laura-nyros-lasting-eclectic-musical-legacy">Laura Nyro</a>. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:13:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 337 at http://wclk.com A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts http://wclk.com/post/bass-note-mingus-and-jazz-workshop-concerts On a new box set from mail-order house Mosaic Records, <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15373151/charles-mingus">Charles Mingus</a>, The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65</em>, the jazz legend's bands usually number between five and eight players. The bassist often made those bands sound bigger. He'd been using midsize ensembles since the '50s, but his new ones were more flexible than ever, light on their feet but able to fill in backgrounds like a large group.<p>The concert tapes Mingus released or licensed in the mid-'60s suggest how little control he had over the recording process. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:13:00 +0000 Kevin Whitehead 155 at http://wclk.com Bass Note: Mingus And The Jazz Workshop Concerts