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Rain Sultanov is leading jazz saxophonist who has made a huge contribution to the development of jazz culture in Azerbaijan. Not many were able to walk such a turbulent and interesting creative path, rich and full of musical events, as Rain Sultanov. He is a person whose work is always of interest to the world's experts of high music. Rain's music carries a lot of sense and leads one to a deep thought. Rain Sultanov was born on April 29, 1965 in Baku, Azerbaijan. After graduating from a music school as a distance student, specializing in clarinet and surprising his teachers with hard work and natural talent, Rain demonstrated his extraordinary ability for the first time

ARTICLE: RADIO

David Ullmann talks Jazz Guitar

Read "David Ullmann talks Jazz Guitar" reviewed by Nick Davies

This week we talk to David Ullmann about his new album Sometime. We then mix up new releases and tracks from the archives with a special focus on the album of the week, Cycle by Rain Sultanov & Isfar Sarabski Playlist Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez “El Punta Cubano" from Duologue (Mack Avenue ...

Cycle

Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prelude; Embryo; Planet; Tandem; Symbiosis; Orison; Oblivion; Reincarnation; Silence.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Baku Jazz Festival Baku, Azerbaijan October 25-28, 2018 Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rain Sultanov & Isfar Sarabski: Cycle

Read "Cycle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The church organ has been a bit player in jazz history, impacting about as much as an Alfred Hitchcock cameo--blink and you'd miss it. Jan Garbarek and Kjell Johnsen's meditative duo album Aftenland (ECM, 2000) and a trio of gothic jazz recordings by Asaf Sirkis and the Inner Noise spring to mind, but after that you'd ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017

Read "Ian Patterson's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson

I'm always conscious of the fact that no matter how much new music you listen to in a given year it represents but a handful of stars in a teeming galaxy. These are a few of the brightest stars to have illuminated my 2017. The Firebirds Aladdin's Dream ILK Music

Inspired by Nature

Label: Ozella Music
Released: 2017
Track listing: Intro – The White Birds of Qizilagac; The White Birds of Qizilagac; Up Lahij Mountains; Intro – On The Trail of Shirvan’s Gazelles; On The Trail of Shirvan’s Gazelles; On the Absheron Hook; Intro - Wild Wind of Zuvend; Wild Wind of Zuvend; Hirkan’s Colors; The Breath of an Caspian Volcano

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature

Read "Inspired by Nature" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Azerbaijani saxophonist/composer Rain Sultanov has long drawn inspiration from his country's rich culture and stunning landscapes. On Inspired by Nature--Sultanov's eighth release as leader--the saxophonist toggles between lyrical balladry and passionate exposition as he takes Azerbaijan's nature as his muse. And it has been an epic venture. With a band of trusted musicians, Sultanov led an ...


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