Rhythm Shaw is a 25-year-old Mumbai-based guitarist who was hailed as a child prodigy at the age of 8, had immense national television coverage and accolades from his audiences through his school and college years.
Rhythm is also a multi-instrumentalist with abilities to enthrall audiences on the tabla, where he had begun his musical journey, having trained in Hindustani classical.
His skills on the acoustic guitar are further amplified on the electric guitar; his nuanced understanding of his instrument coupled with technical proficiency has him present at the pinnacle of musical success in genres across jazz, metal, and progressive rock and the massive experimental soundscapes in between.
Born and brought up in Mumbai. Gino Banks has been fooling around with the drums since he was 8 years old and took it up seriously at the age of 15. He is the son of Louiz Banks, India’s legendary jazz pianist and composer.
He toured Australia and China with his fathers’ indo-jazz fusion band SANGAM playing percussion when he was just 9 years old. Gino is a versatile musician, this trait leads him to perform all over the world as well as doing studio work with artists and bands of all types of genres from Bollywood to Jazz to Rock/Metal to Funk/Fusion to Latin and more.
The dynamic duo has worked together for their stellar new release “Star Bird” and that’s what we are reviewing here.
“Star Bird” is a phenomenal Modern Rock/Jazz fusion song. The ideation of the song began with Gino’s raw improvised drums over which Rhythm wrote melodies that accentuated all the rhythmic aspects with modulated pitch.
Rhythm’s solo showcases his prowess and his ability to embrace any genre and interpret in his own style. Gino, bringing his brilliant rhythmic sense, plays the drums with absolute finesse. “Star Bird” makes sure to keep the listener interested, leaving them with a silver lining for the future.
It’s hard to find words to describe this track without making it sound like a paid review. Yes, it is that good. At first listening you won’t be fooled around, you’ll know that you are listening to two virtuosos at work.
“Star Bird” is a grandiose symbiosis of rock music and jazz, with some other fascinating elements thrown in for good measure. Yes, it’s an instrumental track, but the instruments sing. The diverse instrumental arrangements, the superb playing is very virtuous and strong offering an extremely enjoyable listen.
The drumming of Gino Banks is very well paced with clever transitions which make it stand out despite being firmly entrenched in the soul of the song. On the other hand, Rhythm Shaw does his name justice by delighting us with some wonderful rhythms on the guitar and bass and punctuating the track with some tasteful lead playing and solos.
The more you smash that replay button, the better this song will sound. Trust us, we never lie to you, do we?
Verdict: Fused to perfection