Spellbound, new Trilok Gurtu album is an hommage to the trumpeter Don Cherry who died in 1995.
The album consists of 12 compositions by memorable jazz trumpeters among which are Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca, Miles Davis’ All Blues and Don Cherry’s Universal Mother.
The Indian percussionist recorded this album with contemporary masters of the trumpet among whom are Norwegian Nils Petter Molvaer, Lebanese Ibrahim Maalouf and Italian Paolo Fresu.
Gurtu and Cherry met in the 70’s in Italy after Gurtu’s arrival from native India. They soon started to work together and Don Cherry became the one who encouraged Gurtu to carry out his own artistic visions.
Trilok Gurtu is on UK tour till middle of May. Local audience listened to him in 2009 at the 13th edition of Jazz Fest Sarajevo when he performed with his ensemble.
This is what he said about the new album.