Bangalore Breakdown: Song




Bangalore Breakdown


Diary (Black Coffee Music BCM 003)

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Premik Russell Tubbs (soprano sax), Uli Geissendoerfer (piano, synthesizer),

Gino Sitson (vocals), Nathan Peck (bass), Todd Isler (frame drum), Mathias Kunzli (percussion)


Composed by Uli Geissendoerfer


Recorded: New York, February 2007


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

The world-jazz movement is gaining steam every day, which can be nothing but a good thing for music and for the world. Bangalore Breakdown consists of Americans, Swiss, Indians, a Russian and a Cameroonian. (I hope I got everybody.) Co-leader keyboardist Uli Geissendoerfer wrote "Song," whose infectious melody is supported by Latin rhythms and sensibilities. But other world influences are also heard. Premik Russell Tubbs takes a far-reaching solo as the tune swings. The chorus features affecting Gino Sitson wordless vocals sung along with Tubbs's sax. Geissendoerfer offers a fine exploration of his own before the song takes flight with a series of phrases designed to carry us along. For the tune's last section, the band does indeed break things down. As the song fades away, percussionist Mathias Kunzli creatively supports the dissipating calls and responses. Bangalore Breakdown is an ensemble made from the continents, playing music that is an argument for establishing worldwide normalization of relations. Do you get my continental drift?

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


  • 1 Anne Mayer-Kristiansen // Mar 16, 2009 at 08:22 PM
    Where east meets west meets nature meets love meets the ethereal ...soulful and transcendent ...timeless by every interpretation...I've got Bangalore Breakdown's Under My Skin deep in the heart of me...DIARY plays seamlessly from beginning to end..over and over and over again...sheer enjoyment with the emphasis on JOY! Still floating...