Personnel: Trilok Gurtu (vocals, drums, kanjira, tabla, percussion); David Gilmore (vocals, guitar); Andy Emler (vocals, piano, electric piano, synthesizer); Chris Minh Doky, Jaya Deva, Shobha Gurtu (vocals); Walter Quintus (tamboura); Geetha R. Bennett (veena); Don Cherry , Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell (trumpet); Daniel Goyone (piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Nan Vasconcelos (vocals, congas, talking drum, caxixi, percussion); Pat Metheny, Ralph Towner (guitar); Lakshminarayana Shankar, Mark Feldman (violin); Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Evans (soprano saxophone); Joe Zawinul (piano, keyboards, keyboard bass).
Audio Mixer: Walter Quintus.
Recording information: Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany (08/1987-09/1996); Ztudio Zerkall, Germany (08/1987-09/1996).
Photographer: Paul Massey.
Trilok Gurtu's percussion work has powered a number of great albums that effectively fuse world music with jazz, allowing for both tight performance and free improvisation. This collection is therefore a gem, selecting ten cuts from six albums. Both an excellent overview and a wonderful place to begin acquainting yourself with Gurtu's music, and thus an essential addition to any jazz or world music collection. ~ Steven McDonald