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GARAJ MAHAL

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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GARAJ MAHAL is an American jazz/rock fusion band formed in 2000. They are a four piece instrumental band, consisting of Kai Eckhardt (bass), Fareed Haque (guitars), Alan Hertz (drums), and Eric Levy (keys). They play a wide range of music, ranging from Indian influences, to rock, to jazz, and even funk. Their sound is very distinct, and they are one of the most renowned modern jazz/rock fusion bands. They are mostly a jam band, and their 2007 album Blueberry Cave won The 6th Annual Independent Music Award for best jam album, proving them to be an excellent band.

They released their debut album Mondo Garaj in 2003, showing their talent and virtuosoity on their respected instruments. The released a live album with 3 volumes in 2003, and two more studio albums titled Blueberry Cave (2007) and w00t (2008).

They are a band that continues to impress, and show their talent in ways many other bands can't. They will appeal to a wide range of people, even outside of this genre of music. I am not a huge jazz/rock fan, I'm actually a prog metal fan, and yet this band impresses me with almost everything they do. Highly Recommended to anybody looking for some great music!

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Mondo Garaj
2003
2.15 | 4 ratings
Blueberry Cave
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
w00t
2008
3.66 | 4 ratings
More Mr. Nice Guy
2010

GARAJ MAHAL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Vol. I
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Vol. II
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Vol. III
2003

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 Blueberry Cave by GARAJ MAHAL album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.15 | 4 ratings

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Garaj Mahal Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

2 stars That this album has won the 6th Annual Independent Music Award for Best Jam Album shows why awards are not to be taken seriously. Also, that the music business remains badly compromised for no good reason.

Firstly, this is not a Jam album at all, but a mix of dated Funk. Disco(!) a slight touch of Indian elements alongside the rare stretching out. But it's performed confidently, nevertheless.

Many great artists (John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and the very Miles Davis along some others) have "strayed" from the path before. The difference is that they didn't receive an award for that - and this album shouldn't have, either.

A great disappointment and a prime contender for a de-listing on PA, if a blacklist of individual albums were to be introduced. It barely fits the category of "Collectors/fans only".

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 More Mr. Nice Guy by GARAJ MAHAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.66 | 4 ratings

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Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars It's hard to tell if it's a collective of highly skilled musicians, or an actual band. Considering that the members remain the same, it's likely that they became a band in the process of just having some fun in the beginning. Known about their generally excellent live performances - something that caught my attention a while ago - this is the first studio material I've ever listened to. Indeed twice in a row, if only because I couldn't believe my ears as I expected something rather different.

Firstly, the name Garaj Mahal is somewhat meaningless and rather misleading as it implies Indian style music - which it is only to a negligible extent at times It's a mix of Jazz-Fusion and other approaches thrown together in no particular order, at least on this album.

Brilliant musicianship permeates the whole work, but one has to pay attention to realize that beneath some rather lame compositions. Jazz-Fusion is present, but it's dangerously close to elevator music. Slick, smooth, but not quite as cheesy as releases by GRP Records (Dave Gruisin, Lee Ritanour, Eric Gales and the likes). Disregarding the framework to focus on the otherwise credible playing requires some effort, also represents a degree of irritation for having to do so.

But before you could ease into it with some resignation, a couple of tracks that sound as close to Dixie Dregs (minus violin and Steve Morse's permanent wrist vibrato) as it gets. Not bad at all, but a bit out of place. Further fragmentation occurs with the needless addition of two vocal tracks. Not really disturbing voice, only pointless addition that further disrupts the (non-existent) flow. The final tune by Eric Levy (p) is thoughtful and very pleasant, reminiscent of Lyle Mays (of Pat Metheny Group) and perhaps the only one that really pleases on this album.

The conclusion is that great playing onto disjointed and weak framework leaves nothing much memorable here and represents a wasted opportunity. 3.5 stars.

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 More Mr. Nice Guy by GARAJ MAHAL album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.66 | 4 ratings

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4 stars Another interesting jazz fusion release from 2010. The band are mixing (and very professionally) vintage atmospheric keyboards -driven jazz fusion ( influenced by Hancock) with strong Middle-East and Indian music influences. If basic sound is often vintage fusion with funky feeling, there are many excurses to electronics, heavy rock guitars and more commercial jazz territories.

Some compositions sound still as great nostalgia to Headhunters, but in a fresh and slightly modernised way. At the same time album includes some less serious material, including even some openly danceable funky-soul vocals songs (as "Today" or "What My Friends Say"). Being a mixed bag, I think this release could attract different listeners by its freshness. Possibly not the best example for progressive fusion purists, this music still have enough pleasant moments for them to offer as well.

One of really non-boring jazz-fusion work from this spring, could be nice entrance for genre newcomers.

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