Listening to The Strand on late night BBC world last week, I heard a segment about Lahore-based Sachal Studios orchestra. These guys are mind blowing. This Pakistani jazz orchestra recorded jazz classics with traditional Pakistani instruments and flavor. The final product is seriously awesome. The Washington Post writes:
Stop what you’re doing and listen.
Sachal Orchestra, a new jazz supergroup made up of Pakistan’s master musicians and the brainchild of U.K.-based investor, philanthropist and jazz fan Izzat Majeed, has just recorded the album of year.
“Sachal Jazz: Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova,” is the first album by Sachal Orchestra and is already No. 1 on iTunes in the jazz genre.
The group has a video for “Take Five”, the Dave Brubeck masterpiece:
I downloaded their album, and I’m listening to their take “This Guy’s In Love With You” on repeat.