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Jonas Hellborg: Kali’s Son

Bassist Jonas Hellborg has worked with Indian percussionist Selvaganesh on a number of albums that draw equally on Indian classical music, rock and jazz. On Kali’s Son, they are joined by Niladri Kumar, who plays the sitar and the zitar, a five-string version of that instrument that he invented. Thanks to the miracle of modern audio technology, both Hellborg and Kumar are plugged in and amplified (and sometimes overdubbed), while the kanjeera that Selvaganesh slaps around on this album has plenty of volume as well. Yet they get their rock on by taking jazz-style solos, and over extremely tricky rhythms to boot.

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