Jul 12

Shahin Novrasli – Bayati (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 62:39 minutes | 666 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: BeeJazz.com | Digital booklet

Shahin Novrasli is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist. Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, where he combines eastern and western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous.

Shahin Novrasli is an eclectic Azerbaijani musician, who – like compatriot pianists Vagif Mustafazade and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh – has built a reputation beyond his homeland for a tumultuous fusion of American jazz and the local mugam folk tradition. Novrasli was a local classical star in his teens, and his jazz virtuosity is often breathtaking – like Brad Mehldau’s contrapuntal-improv approach delivered at blazing tempos, or Herbie Hancock’s left-hand chording reworked with jarring harmonies and wilful rhythmic diversions. Novrasli’s themes seem informed by his folk roots and Broadway songs, and he loves rapidly churning ostinato patterns over rocking hooks, multi-themed slow-burners (the tune of Bayati Shiraz is a rumble of low chords, briefly harrumphing rejoinders and short bursts of whirling dance melody), soft meditations against left-hand walks that snap into silky, Bill Evans-like swing. His touch is exquisite and his speed jaw-dropping, and if his flood-tides of sound can swamp you after an hour or so, there are more than enough startlingly fresh ideas here, from a culture still relatively unfamiliar to jazz.

01 – Nocturne For Natavan
02 – 1001 Nights
03 – Prelude In E Minor
04 – Bayati Shiraz
05 – From Mill To Station
06 – Insomnia
07 – Elinde Sazin Qurbani
08 – Baga Girdim Uzume
09 – Autumn Of Love
10 – Fir & Giz