The Farsi word Jazzab means attractive, alluring; words which perfectly describe the performance that a capacity crowd enjoyed on Saturday, July 25th at the Brisbane Jazz Club.
This was East meets West in a unique fusion of traditional Persian instruments and the Jazz mainstays of piano, sax, bass and drums.
Through two sets of original compositions, six brilliant musicians interlaced the magic and mystery of music inspired by Persian philosopher/poets, Rumi and Omar Khayyam, with a reverent nod to classic Jazz influences such as John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Gracious front man and composer, Tehran-born Barbod Valadi, played the Persian stringed instrument, the tar, and electric guitar. His countryman, Omid Rahimi played the Persian frame drum, the daf, and provided sublime, sweeping vocals that swirled around the Jazz Club as if delivered from atop a minaret.
Louise Denson was at her exquisite best on piano. John Stefulj was inspirational on sax, clarinet and flute. Eden Xenakis on double bass and Steve Fischer on drums were the skillful backbone for the complex 5/8, 7/8, 13/8 and even 14/8, timings and changes.
At the completion of Jazzab’s last set, the audience rose in a standing ovation, to express their appreciation for a memorable evening of entertainment at the Brisbane Jazz Club.