Rudresh's main working group of many years marked by the critically acclaimed albums Black Water, Mother Tongue, and Codebook. Current band members are pianist Craig Taborn, bassist François Moutin, and drummer Dan Weiss. Previous band members include pianist Vijay Iyer and drummer Elliot Kavee. The group is still very active having performed at a recent edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as Chicago's Jazz Showcase.
"To observe that Mahanthappa fused the incantatory phrase-making and exotic scales of Indian music with the free-wheeling improvisational spirit of American jazz would be an understatement. He's so thoroughly immersed in both worlds that he conjured up a startlingly original merger of the two."
– Chicago Tribune link
"The band references a classic hard-bop sound, but what they play is many times more compact and intense. Mahanthappa's biting attack pairs a Coltrane influence with an incisive, exacting articulation, which absolutely soars…"
– JazzTimes link