The hypnotic sound of Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition on the Bill Berry Stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Friday night was another fine example of the ways jazz can infuse itself with other musical influences without losing itself. Individual pieces transformed from sparse and ethereal to driving and deeply textured and back again.
Mahanthappa leads seven musical projects, including this one. While anyone else's attention might be split by so many disparate efforts, it's clear from his top-notch performance Friday night that saxophonist Mahanthappa pours his full energy and talents into Indo-Pak Coalition.
For more information on the Monterey Jazz Festival, see our Monterey Jazz Festival page. For coverage of the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival, see all our Monterey Jazz Festival posts. For more photos from this and other performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival, see our 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival set on Flickr.