In the realm of South Asian-American jazz, there are but a few names you need to familiarize yourself with on the modern side of the genre. Of those names, the most prevalent is undoubtedly Sunny Jain. The dhol player, drummer and composer has been at the forefront of the sub-genre long enough for his works to transcend into modern culture, and his bhangra group Red Baraat has delighted anyone who has caught them in person in the decade they’ve been around. Now with a new album titled Wild Wild East set for release in February, his debut single “Immigrant Warrior” should stir something inside all who hear it.
The bombastic opening of the track has a very regal touch before heading towards a mixture of free jazz and progressive structures. The movements here are vast, with multiple instruments swaying in and out thus creating a path that fills you with tonal qualities. As the pace picks up and extra instruments are added, the song takes you away to a space you may have not known of before. When the song changes direction it adds to the mystique Jain brings to his songs, and creates new places for your ears to explore.
The song can be streamed above or on all platforms and Wild Wild East can be preordered directly from Smithsonian Folkways ahead of its February 21 release. Sunny Jain is set to appear in New York, NY at Winter Jazz Fest.
Image Credits: Photo by Ebru Yildiz.