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Fareed Haque: Trance Hypothesis

Read "Trance Hypothesis" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Guitarist Fareed Haque answers the musical question, what if Jimmy Smith's chicken shack served tandoori chicken? His world music DNA--son of a Pakistani father and Chilean mother grants him the authority to make blender drinks of all the musics that are stockpiled in his brain. A master of music in jazz, classical, and the music of the Asian sub-continent, Haque has found a home in the bands of Paquito D'Rivera, Javon Jackson, Kahil El'Zabar, and Sting. His funk/jamband ...

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Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere

Read "Fareed Haque: Out of Nowhere" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Fareed Haque is quite clear about the impact of guitarist Pat Martino on his own playing: “He is my inspiration in jazz guitar. And if I have a mission, it's to blend the John McLaughlin world with the Pat Martino world. Every guitarist, every musician, is a synthesis of the history. So if you want to understand Pat Martino, you've got to listen to Jimmy Smith and Grant Green. And if you want to understand me, you've got to listen ...

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Garaj Mahal: Woot

Read "Woot" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Garaj Mahal is a strange and colorful bird. It's music draws heavily from '70s fusion, with elements of everything from the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever to Weather Report, as well as progressive rock bands in the broadest sense of the term. To this already potent mix where, needless to say, high octane musicianship is par for the course are added elements of funk, jazz, and a certain melodic quality vaguely reminiscent of the Grateful Dead.

Garaj ...

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The Fareed Haque Group: Cosmic Hug

Read "Cosmic Hug" reviewed by John Kelman

When guitarist Fareed Haque first came onto the scene in the late '80s, he revealed his impressive technique and placed diverse musical interests, including classical and Indian music, within a more improvisational jazz context. It seemed as though he'd be the next big thing. With a melodic sensibility that brought to mind certain elements of Pat Metheny, along with the blinding technique of an Al Di Meola (albeit more restrained and, consequently, less bombastic), it just seemed like a sure ...


Giant Steps EP 2

Episode 2 No Respect. Kim is confronted with discrimination in jazz education while working at the Jazz Elders Foundation. Bid Daddy reams Manny for booking two singers at the same time and Mickey gets no respect in the movie business. Cast Mickey Bass, Dr. Jeff Gardere, Gregory Charles Royal, Mark 'Icewater' Gross, Paul Tafoya as 'Manny', Kimberly Singh, Zari Veres Royal and Marist Veres Royal -with James Zollar -trumpet, Bobby Lavell,- tenor sax Anthony Wonsey- piano, Mark Johnson - drums and Billy Johnson - bass.