This all-star Funk-Jazz quartet includes Alan Hertz, Eric Levy and Kai Eckhardt and guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. All the members have a background in improvisational groove-oriented styles and have worked with artists including John McLaughlin and Bobby McFerrin. Chilean/Pakistani guitarist Haque's wide knowledge of rock, classical and jazz theory has led him to collaborate with many influential players such as Ron Carter, Sting, Casandra Williams and Dizzy Gillespie. For Haque, Garaj Mahal is a chance to break out from his classical days and into the more casual and funky-psychedelic world of jamming. Like other many dance-friendly instrumental bands, the group is often found among other jazz-based jam bands such as Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and the Slip.