“My focus with the Collective for the past five years is to fuse music from my South Asian heritage…with music from my Western upbringing.” So writes drummer Sunny Jain about his band and his music. It is a quick and easy way to describe exactly what he does. Jain’s music isn’t nearly as heady or rhythmically adventurous as the music of Rudresh Mahanthappa or Vijay Iyer-to name two other young musicians drawing critical attention for blending jazz with their South Asian musical heritage. What Jain does offer is more modest in its aims: a friendly, concise, postbop and pop-jazz program tricked out with elements of Indian pop and classical music.
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