Jazz And All That

Sachal Studios Orchestra

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Jazz, World Music
Sachal Music
October 28, 2013

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After topping the iTunes music charts and playing with Wynton Marsalis at the Marciac Jazz Festival, the Sachal Studios Orchestra is back with 'Jazz and All That' - an album of their unique interpretations of jazz and beyond.

Performed by virtuosos who cut their teeth in Pakistan's once-flourishing "Lollywood" film industry, the album brings together the most accomplished classical musicians of the subcontinent to play jazz classics - with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. As the Evening Standard said after their sold-out performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, it "ought to be wrong but sounds so right".

The album is dedicated to the memory of Dave Brubeck. The orchestra's take on Brubeck's Take Five from their 2012 debut album held the top spot on the iTunes jazz music chart in the US and UK for many weeks and the video became an unexpected YouTube sensation.

The re-emergence of these musicians of Lollywood's heyday, who had hung up their instruments in a more conservative Pakistan, has prompted comparisons with the Buena Vista Social Club. London-based Pakistani businessman Izzat Majeed has overcome threats and dismal recording facilities to bring the musicians out of obscurity and to be heard across the globe.

'Jazz and All That' showcases the best of East meets West. It includes jazz standards that can't fail to delight alongside classic pop songs by Stevie Wonder, R.E.M and The Beatles. By reimagining some of the best-loved songs of the West, the Sachal Jazz project is keeping Pakistan's traditional music, musicians and instruments alive.

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The Sachal Studios Orchestra add a compelling ethnic spin to their interpretations of pieces such as Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Wave'-an album highlight-'You've Got It Bad Girl', 'Ponteio', 'Moonlight in Vermont' and 'The Pink Panther Theme' with evocative ensemble writing dominating and solos by (mostly) Nafees Ahmad Khan on sitar concise but effective.

Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson), December 2013/January 2014

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Key Value
Catalogue number SM026
Barcode 5060097220274
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 66g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 5mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. You've Got It Bad Girl -
2. If You Go Away -
3. Moonlight In Vermont -
4. Monsoon -
5. The Pink Panther -
6. Ponteio -
7. Eleanor Rigby -
8. Blue Rondo A La Turk -
9. Kafi Jazz (Five Rivers) -
10. Everybody Hurts -
11. Wave -
12. To The End Of The World -
13. Morning Has Broken -