Shez Raja Collective feat. Soweto Kinch
Dynamic British-Asian bass player Shez Raja's London-based Collective join forces with the award winning alto saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch to celebrate the release of Raja's new highly-acclaimed album, Gurutopia, his first on US label Dot Time Records, and recorded with global jazz legends Randy Brecker and Mike Stern. Brace yourselves for a blistering night of Indo-jazz, thundering funk, hip hop, and euphoric grooves!
"A tailor-made festival band with a unique identity" - The Guardian ★★★★
"Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician" - All About Jazz ★★★★+
"I thought my head was going to explode. It sounds like it's come from the future!" - Bradford Telegraph ★★★★★
"This UK bassist has been all over the press in the last few months and within the first few bars of the opening song I understood why. The performance was a fiesta of highly charged funk, fusion with an eastern flavour" - Jazz In Europe
"Entertainment was always on the cards at the Gurutopia launch party. A Shez Raja gig is an event. Virtuoso bass playing, a tight, funky band, backward hats, basses thrown in the air. There’s a lot going at a Shez Raja gig and audiences always come away from his shows energised and thoroughly entertained" - Rob Mallows, Kind of Jazz ★★★★
"Inventive bassist gives jazz fusion a good name. Raja turned Indo-jazz on its head with everything from funky bass to freestyle rap" - The Guardian ★★★★ (live review)
Shez Raja Collective
The Collective's live show is an eclectic headcharge of raw energy and always leaves 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.
"This is fusion music at its most straightforward and entertaining" - All About Jazz
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile young musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act in 2003. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO at the O2, again for Best Jazz Act - fending off stiff competition from the likes of Wynton Marsalis.
‘A real tour de force’. John Fordham – The Guardian ****