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Mason Razavi

Jazz guitarist Mason Razavi is an artist with a growing profile in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Based in San Jose, CA, Razavi’s groups have performed at SF Jazz and San Jose Jazz as well as many Bay Area jazz clubs and concert series. He regularly performs with the area’s top players and has also played with Anton Schwartz, John Stowell, Carl Saunders, and Charles McNeal, among others. His albums have often featured ambitious original music that has been warmly received by jazz radio worldwide. An avid educator, Razavi is the jazz guitar professor at West Valley College and Chabot College

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Mason Razavi & Bennett Roth-Newell: After You

Read "After You" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Guitarist Mason Razavi and pianist Bennett Roth-Newell place years of collaborative experience under the microscope in this studio album. The performances, as wide-ranging as they are intimate, comprise a generous handful of original dough with a few familiar tunes thrown in for leavening. In the latter vein, we are treated to three slices of optimism, starting ...

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From Mason Razavi to Eric Scott Linder in 60 Minutes

Read "From Mason Razavi to Eric Scott Linder in 60 Minutes" reviewed by Nick Davies

Take a musical journey that starts with Mason Razavi and ends with Eric Scott Linder. Stops on the way include music from Erroll Garner and the James Carter Organ Trio. This is not any journey but a trip into both new and old jazz. Playlist Mason Razavi “When the Ink Ran Dry" from ...

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

If “Riverbed," which opens Mason Razavi's burnished sequel to Quartet Plus (First Orbit Sounds, 2014) were a doorway, it would welcome listeners like guests of honor to an intimate yet lively gathering of close friends and family. Such is the feeling of hospitality and warmth that pervades this thoroughly nourishing album. Over this and the next ...

Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Riverbed; Blues in New Hues; Looking Forward, Looking Back; Blue and Grey Waltz; With the Wind at My Back; When the Ink Ran Dry; Grvünkabop; Portrait for Mingus; Through the Fog; Caravan.

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Riverbed

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2017
Duration: 6:35

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Mason Razavi: Quartet Plus, Volume 2

Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The “plus" in San Francisco Bay area-based guitarist Mason Razavi's CD Quartet Plus, Volume 2 is a front line consisting of trumpet, trombone and three reeds, which on the second half of the album more than doubles the size of Razavi's quartet. There are many ways that could be done. For example, the nonet tracks might ...

After You

Label: First Orbit Sounds
Released: 2015
Track listing: Joy Spring; Escaping The Inevitable; A Daughter Is A Gift To The World; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy; Will You?; Mixed Memories; Through The Fog; Yesterday.

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Mason Razavi/Bennett Roth-Newell: After You

Read "After You" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While guitarist Mason Razavi and pianist Bennett Roth-Newell have had plenty of opportunities to connect musically in Razavi's Quartet, his expanded Quartet Plus, and elsewhere, this marks the first time that this pair has pared things down to record as a duo. Over the course of eight songs--five originals, two jazz standards, and ...

Quartet Plus

Label: First Orbit Sounds
Released: 2014
Track listing: Moonlit Message; Highrise; From Thoughts To Words; Urban Jungle Blues; Prayer For Newtown; Luck Has Nothing To Do With It; Song For Another Day; Mad Dance.


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