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Mystic Radikal

Artist: Shez Raja

Date of Release: 01/06/2010

Catalogue no: 1828

Label: 33 Jazz

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Mystic radikal (ft Claude Deppa)

2

 

Chakras on the wall

3

listen

Karmic flow

4

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Infatuation (ft Andy Sheppard)

5

 

We are one

6

 

Soho (ft Claude Deppa)

7

 

Angel's tears (ft Andy Sheppard)

8

 

Music for elves

9

 

Carnival of colours (ft Andy Sheppard)

10

 

Quiverwish

11

 

Mandala girl (ft Claude Deppa)

12

 

Beauty of the beast

 

 

 

 

Dynamic bass player Shez Raja's third album features one of the UK's foremost saxophonists Andy Sheppard and international trumpet star Claude Deppa. Exciting music that evokes all of the emotions – a mix of euphoric jazz, thundering funk, lyrical ballads and intoxicating grooves.

 

Reviews

 

06/08/2010 The York Press

Shez has a masterful way with catchy melodies and his Stanley Clarke-inspired playing leads confidently from the front. A highly satisfying album full of joyful surprises

 

26/07/2010 All About Jazz

Mystic Radikal is an exciting mixture. This is fusion music at its most straightforward and entertaining

 

08/07/2010 The Guardian

This work grows in boldness and variety

 

03/07/2010 Yorkshire Evening Post

Stylish brand of noirish uptempo jazz funk. Raja’s is a global groove, with rock, and world music flourishes thrown in. If you want to hear the bass guitar as something other than a rhythmic underpinning then check out his silky playing on the gorgeous piece Angel’s Tears

 

02/07/2010 Manchester Evening News

An album that scores high on bright tunes, good ideas and individualism. Led by a virtuoso bassist, there’s always some arresting melodic twist and arrangements which are multi-layered and imaginative

 

01/07/2010 Fly Global Music

The CD got me wondering where the Mahavishnu Orchestra would be in 2010 if they’d been led by Jaco Pastorius; Mystic Radikal wouldn’t have been too far away. Yep, it’s that good!

 

01/07/2010 The Scotsman

Bass guitarist Shez Raja brings his Asian roots to bear on his approach to jazz, and adds more besides. The band creates a colourful, accessible blend of electric jazz-fusion.

 

23/06/2010 Mike Flynn (Bass Guitar Magazine)

Catchy hook-laden melodies, spacious arrangements and memorable compositions will doubtless go down a storm at their increasingly frenetic gigs

 

16/06/2010 Peter Slavid (UK Jazz Radio)

A very varied album. Good quality stuff!

 

01/06/2010 Roger Thomas (Jazz UK)

Which is your idea of the F word? UK fusion hasn't gone anywhere much since the hey-day of Roadside Picnic two decades ago, while on a bad day funk seems to have become just another stylistic gesture. Then along comes the Shez Raja Collective, proffering a fine new album with Andy Sheppard and Claude Deppa guesting and a clutch of upcoming dates which not only provide a welcome antidote to both of the above but which rehabilitate the electric bass (again) in the process

 

28/05/2010 Wiltshire Times

Jazz bass as you’ve never heard it before. Experience Shez Raja!

 

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