Josef Woodard
September 15, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tala Matrix

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
World

We gave it a B+

Producer/mixman Bill Laswell has been known to irk purists and entice others: He’s reworked Miles Davis’ ’70s archives and reconfigured Irish and Cuban music. On Tala Matrix, he focuses on Indian percussion, freely blending intricate Hindustani-inspired tabla playing, Indo-electro goods from Talvin Singh, and old-fashioned drum-kit playing into savory, energetic ambient music. But the real hero is tabla wizard Zakir Hussain, who makes the whole thing fly and renders stylistic quibbles moot. B+

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