Trilok Gurtu – East and West

Today’s featured drummer is Trilok Gurtu.

Born in Mumbai, India on 30 October 1951, he is a truly amazing drummer.
If you have never heard him play, you are in for a treat.  Growing up as a guitarist and drummer myself, I listened for many hours to his playing on Que Alegria – with the John McLaughlin Trio.
Part of understanding how he plays the fills that he does, requires seeing how his drums are setup.
He frequently incorporates non-western drums like the Tabla into his everyday playing.

From his Wikipedia article:
“Gurtu mentioned having initially learned western music without awareness of overdubbing, which, he said, forced him to learn multiple parts which most musicians would have never attempted.”

Wikipedia provides a list of recordings that he can be found on:

Solo and collaborative albums

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