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Zakir Hussain – Making Music

Making Music

Zakir Hussain is a poet of the tabla, but as this album makes clear, his interests extend far beyond Indian classical music. He’s joined here by an international cast of players, each of whom lends a different influence to the proceedings. While the dynamic remains largely on the low end, preserving the music’s meditative quality, there are elements of jazz (Jan Garbarek’s liquid sax lines) and folk (John McLaughlin’s pastoral acoustic guitar). These more Western influences contrast nicely with Hussain’s tablas, which seem to tell a slowly unfolding story to the listener. Famed flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia navigates the middle ground between Garbarek’s jazzy explorations and the traditional Indian bent of Hussain. While MAKING MUSIC would fit comfortably alongside the languid, atmospheric jazz that makes up the bulk of ECM’s catalogue, Hussain’s music is a singular animal–an utterly unique hybrid.

Recorded December 1986 – ECM 1349
Zakir Hussain: tabla, percussion, voice
Hariprasad Chaurasia: flutes
John McLaughlin : acoustic guitar
Jan Garbarek : tenor, soprano saxophones

01. Making Music
02. Zakir
03. Water Girl
04. Toni
05. Anisa
06. Sunjog
07. You And Me
08. Sabah

Size: 70,91 MB @ 192 kbps (mp3 tracks)

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July 24, 2008 - Posted by | Music | , , , ,


  1. Bonjour,
    je souhaite me procurer le CD de Zakir Hussein “making music” ECM 1349. Pouvez-vous me dire comment faire ?
    Merci d’avance

    Comment by Michèle DELHORBE | March 18, 2009 | Reply

    • @Michèle DELHORBE – I did some quick translation to know what you had commented.
      You have inquired about Where to buy Zakir Hussain’s Making Music CD.
      Michèle, you should get this in bigger music stores, where they would have Classical Hindi collection.

      You can also try this link :


      Comment by Anukul | March 18, 2009 | Reply

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