Indian percussionist/tabla master Karsh Kale is a key member of Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science.
Indian percussionist/tabla master Karsh Kale is a key member of Bill Laswell's Tabla Beat Science. And he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Herbie Hancock, System of a Down, and Sting. Liberation, however, is Kale's project—his first since Realize (2001)—and he proves yet again to be a visionary composer/arranger. Working with vocalists Vishal Vaid and Falguni Shah on the title track, Kale overlays a densely textured arrangement with ethereal vocals, then underpins the tune with an intense breakbeat. He ventures deeper into electronica on "Dirty Fellow" and approaches a traditional raga on "Milan." The driving "GK" makes it a likely dance club favorite. "Cinematic Reprise" and "Epic" conclude this extraordinary record with an unanticipated romantic lyricism worthy of a Bollywood hit. Racked in the U.S. by Ryko.—PVV