Trilok Gurtu and the Crazy Saints: Believe




Trilok Gurtu and the Crazy Saints


Believe (CMP CD 75)

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Trilok Gurtu (drums, tabla, percussion),

Daniel Goyone (keyboards), David Gilmore (guitar), Chris Minh Doky (bass)


Composed by Trilok Gurtu


Recorded: Zerkall, Germany, July 1994


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

1994's Believe continued the assault on Western music precepts that Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu had been engaged in for more than a decade. This time out Gurtu's sensibilities were coming much more from the West than from his traditional East. "Believe" begins as an electronic funk fest. Gurtu plays Western percussion. Guitarist Gilmore reaches deep into the fusion barrel with his somewhat rude and suggestive solo. Goyone wants to show better manners, so he introduces sounds suggesting Jan Hammer during his Oh, Yeah? days, developing a simple lighthearted riff that becomes the song's soul and clear evidence of schizophrenia. For those of you keeping track, I believe the best description of this performance would be Tony Williams Lifetime (the version with Allan Holdsworth) meets the Jan Hammer Group. I believe it is purely coincidental that Lifetime had an album titled Believe It!

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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