Two original albums from 1996 by Indian percussionist and composer Trilok Gurtu, in one 2CD set, part of the series "Collectors Premium Jazz" from Art of Groove. Digitally remastered, this deluxe edition includes new liner notes and one bonus live track.
'Bad Habits Die Hard' was recorded in 1995 and originally released on CMP Records. David Gilmore serves as the guitarist and Chris Mihn Doky as the bassist. The guest musicians in this live recording from the Cologne Stadtgarden are two Americans: violinist Mark Feldman and saxophonist Bill Evens. Both musicians fit smoothly in the group context: Electro-acoustic fusion, precise, virtuous, and forceful. The album is characterised by rhythmic fireworks and Gurtu's inimitable grooves.
The 1996 studio album 'The Glimpse', also originally released on CMP Records documents Gurtu's serious, cliché-free and progressive openness to diverse world music cultures: India, North Africa, South America, East Europe. All are represented through instruments such as the veena, qarqaba and daval, as well as through musicians such as Geetha Bennet from India, Native American Jaya Deva, Nando Carneiro from Brazil and Teodosil Spassov from Bulgaria. The group also includes French pianist Andy Emler, the Swedish bassist/cellist Lars Danielsson and the Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu.
In addition a 2008 Radio Bremen concert recording is included as a bonus where Gurtu presented a pianoless quintet at the Jazzahead Festival. The band, includes Italian violinist Carlo Cantini, the Austrialian saxophonist, flautist and didgeriddo player Phil Drummy, German-Spanish guitarist Roland Cabezay and the Italian bassist Stefano Dall'Ora.