• Rudresh Mahanthappa – sax
  • David Gilmore – guitar
  • Rich Brown – bass
  • Damion Reid – drums

New York-based saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa picked up the thread of East-West interplay with his electric new ensemble Samdhi, which at times recalled the explorations of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, except with an alto saxophone at the helm.

With head-spinning precision, Mahanthappa captured an elastic sort of South Indian fusion on “Killer” and “Playing With Stones” with an air-tight rhythm section and the nimble, echoing guitar of David Gilmore (not to be confused with that David Gilmour, but the blues-dusted flourishes of the Pink Floyd guitarist were present in spirit).

Chris Barton – LATimes