Live in San Francisco at Stern Grove

Master percussionist Zakir Hussain and bassist/mix guru Bill Laswell began the Tabla Beat Science collaboration with 2000's Tala Matrix.

Master percussionist Zakir Hussain and bassist/mix guru Bill Laswell began the Tabla Beat Science collaboration with 2000's Tala Matrix. This new, double-CD takes the Hussain/Laswell tablatronics vibe and expands upon it in the most dynamic way possible—via an inspiring, spellbinding, live performance. The music's baseline is the fusion of electronica, South Asian percussion, and bass, with Laswell's point of reference being Jamaican dub. Laswell, Hussain, and percussionist Karsh Kale show how this formula can generate a rhapsodic groove on "Sacred Channel." Ethiopian vocalist/songwriter Gigi adds her exotic Amharic songs to two tracks, and Bay Area artist DJ Disk brings his turntable chops to a reworked "Tala Matrix." This album is a powerful example of the sort of visionary creative collaborations that are quickly making world music the ruling sound of the 21st century.—PVV