There is always something new and progressive coming from Garaj Mahal. Featuring jazz guitar artist and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned jazz bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy, and newly-added drummer/vocalist Sean 'the Rick' Rickman, Garaj Mahal creates a sound that's always growing and always smoking hot.
Since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and to grow their fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Their sound - a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum.
Fareed Haque: Guitars
Kai Eckhardt: Bass
Erick Levy: Keys
the Rick: Drums
1. Witch Doctor
2. Faster Than the Speed of Time
4. The Long Form
6. Frankly Frankie Ford
7. What My Friends Say
8. Chester the Pester
9. Alison's Pony
Yet it's the heavy, heartfelt delivery of Headhunter's style funk and later, jaw dropping Return To Forever-style prog, that highlights this unit as a real cut above the trippy nonsense that often passes for 'jam band' fair.Those in need of a hit of real rhythm section magic with a dollop psychotropic rhythmic/harmonic invention on top, should track this album down with some urgency. (Jazzwise)
With jazz fusion having been around for some forty years now, it's not so easy to be distinctive in that field anymore. Garaj Mahal manages to stick out, mainly due to massive chops by all four group members and a dizzying array of influences each group member brings to the table. (BlogCritics.org)