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Red Baraat: Chaal Baby

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A side project of jazz/world-music drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is a fun, infectious Brooklyn-based band that deftly blends North Indian bhangra rhythms, rowdy brass-band energy, konokol singing and even rap. Jain plays the double-sided Indian dhol drum and leads the nine-piece ensemble through such danceable numbers as “Punjabi Wedding Song,” “Tunak Tunak Tun,” the slowly insinuating “Arcana,” the raucous throwdown “Hey Jamalo” and the groove-heavy title track (which sounds like the Dirty Dozen Brass Band gone Bollywood). All these invigorating pieces are grounded by heavy-duty sousaphone basslines and abundant percussion, and feature potent free improvising from trombone, soprano and baritone saxophones, trumpet and bass trumpet.

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