Shez Raja Music, London, United Kingdom. Bass player - composer - band leader. This is a great album from Shez Raja and is a significant milestone in his own and his band's development. The Indo-jazz fusion genre has a long history of great music and Shez Raja and his band are worthy successors to those virtuoso musicians of the past. uk. mbh. ee All. Videos. Shez Raja - Live at Islington Assembly Hall, London.
Shez Raja's collage of jazz-funk and eastern music gets a bit bogged down in places, but benefits from the club setting, writes John Fordham. Bass guitarist and composer Shez Raja's 2010 album Mystic Radikal was a bright collage of jazz-funk and eastern music. Soho Live re-examines some of that repertoire, expands the ingredients (Sons of Kemet reedsman Shabaka Hutchings, saxists Soweto Kinch and Gilad Atzmon, and trumpeter Jay Phelps are guests), and gains in energy from its club atmosphere.
Listen to music from Shez Raja Collective like Exaltation, FNUK & more. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Shez Raja Collective. Dynamic bass player Shez Raja formed his London-based collective with the vision of creating exciting music that evokes all of the emotions - a unique mix of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, lyrical ballads and intoxicating grooves. The group have produced three highly acclaimed albums.
Rob Edgar spoke to Shez Raja about his live album Soho Live which is to be released in April 2014, with launch gigs at Pizza Express Jazz Club on 16-17 April (tickets HERE). This all adds up to a more intuitive, interactive and fun musical vibe, especially when we play live
Shez Raja - a sonic kaleidoscope of Indo-jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and euphoric grooves. A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity" - The Guardian ★★★★. Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician" - All About Jazz ★★★★+. I thought my head was going to explode. It sounds like it’s come from the future. In fact I don’t even think there is a correct term for this kind of music just yet - Bradford Telegraph ★★★★★. The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers - Evening Standard ★★★★. Shez is proud to endorse Fodera guitars, Aguilar amplification and DR Strings.
Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. The group will also be performing music from their latest highly acclaimed album ‘Gurutopia’, recorded with global jazz legends Randy Brecker and Mike Stern. Shez leads a stunning line-up tonight that features trombone star Dennis Rollins (Jamiroquai, Brand New Heavies, Maceo Parker) and enchanting Polish folk-jazz singer Monika Lidke.
Raja is a Marcus Miller-ish bassist who – with the help of his capable band – blends fast-fingered Eastern, African and reggae melodies with dynamic urban grooves. At this 606 gig he’s joined by ex-Soft Machine guitar hero John Etheridge and sax and hip hop maverick Soweto Kinch. Posted: Wednesday April 27 2016.
1 Halogen 9 2 Magica 3 Hillbilly Acid Trip 4 Fnuk 5 Eastern Revolution 6 Celestial 7 Junk Culture 8 Check It Deep 9 Wrong Songo 10 Jailbreak 11 Freedom 12 Adrenalize. Bass Guitar – Shez Raja Drums – Matt Phillips Keyboards – Vibez Trumpet – Nick Haseman Violin – Pascal Roggen. self release CD33958 (UK/US). Thanks to snobb for the addition. No release results found : showing artist results instead. Gurutopia Dot Time Records 2016.