John McLaughlin follows up his orchestral project Thieves and Poets (2003) with something more aggressive and sonically ambitious. Industrial Zen is a complex fusion outing with a rotating cast of virtuoso players. The gifted Gary Husband, of Allan Holdsworth fame, plays keyboards as well as drums. The bassists are Tony Grey, Matthew Garrison and the astounding up-and-comer Hadrien Feraud. The drummers, besides Husband, are Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers and Mark Mondesir. We also hear from Bill Evans and Ada Rovatti on saxes, Zakir Hussain on tabla, Otmaro Ruíz on synth and (on two tracks) Shankar Mahadevan on vocals.
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