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Shez Raja

Virtuoso British-Asian bass player Shez Raja formed his London-based group with the vision of creating exciting and evocative music - a sonic kaleidoscope of Indojazzfunk, tuneful ragas and euphoric grooves. The band's live show is an eclectic headcharge of raw energy, always leaving audiences uplifted, inspired and asking for more! Following spectacular performances at top UK venues and major international jazz festivals from Russia to New Zealand, they have amassed a devoted following and forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today. 2019 sees the release of Shez's highly anticipated new album Journey to Shambhala

Album

Gurutopia

Label: Dot Time Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Rabbits; Maharaja; Song For John; My Imaginary Friend; Sketches Of Space; RocknRolla; Prime time; Shiva Mantra.

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Article: Year in Review

James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016

Read "James Nadal's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by James Nadal


Having had the honor and pleasure to review over eighty records in 2016, choosing a dozen is a difficult task. There are featured blues and soul vocalists, which are maintaining the significance of these genres alive with the authentic talent and dedication required. Included are stimulating offerings from innovative fusion and experimental artists, as well as ...

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Article: Album Review

Shez Raja: Gurutopia

Read "Gurutopia" reviewed by James Nadal


With its aggressive combination of jazz, rock, and funk, fusion has remained a contemporary sound in a state of constant reinvention, introducing a fresh audience into the fold, bringing with them futuristic attitudes and perceptions. This electrified mutation of jazz, has seen its share of imitators, yet, when properly performed, remains vital. Shez Raja has taken ...

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News: Recording

UK Bass Virtuoso Shez Raja Releasing All-Star Album On Dot Time Records with Mike Stern and Randy Brecker

UK Bass Virtuoso Shez Raja Releasing All-Star Album On Dot Time Records with Mike Stern and Randy Brecker

UK Bass Virtuoso Shez Raja Releasing All-Star Album, Gurutopia Featuring Jazz Legends Randy Brecker and Mike Stern Dot Time Records is pleased to announce Shez Raja's highly anticipated all-star album “Gurutopia" will be released in April 2016. Featuring the cream of the British jazz scene as well as global jazz legends, Mike Stern and Randy Brecker, ...

Album

Mystic Radikal

Label: 33 Jazz
Released: 2010
Track listing: Mystic Radikal; Chakras On the Wall; Karmic Flow; Infatuation; We Are One; Soho; Angel's Tears; Music For Elves; Carnival of Colours; Quiverwish; Mandala Girl; Beauty of the Beast.

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Article: Album Review

Shez Raja: Mystic Radikal

Read "Mystic Radikal" reviewed by George Mitton


Shez Raja has described his band's sound as “a real kaleidoscope," an idea reflected in Mystic Radikal's psychedelic cover art. Raja studied Indian classical tabla drumming with virtuoso Sharda Sahai, but now applies these rhythms to the electric bass. On the album there's a fusion of eastern sounds, with synthesizer drones used to reference the music ...


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