SHAHIN NOVRASLI | RAIN SULTANOV | MINA AGOSSI
Shahin did his first tour in America and Europe in 1997 with different projects: trio, solo, quartet, etc.. There have also been experiments; adding different instruments to the group, including his own voice. Shahin has recorded three live albums: Live in Moscow, Live in Prague Castle and Jz’Mu, Live in Baku. There is also the experimental album Eternal Way, and Bayati, recorded while living and touring in America and released on the French Bee Jazz label. His detailed study of mugham added another ingredient to his compositions and concerts, furthering the mix of West and East..
Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” , Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, among which he combines jazz and eastern/western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous. Shahin has received enthusiastic comments from worldwide critics and audiences.
.. “His touch is exquisite and his speed jaw-dropping and if his flood-tides of sound can swamp you after an hour or so, there are more than enough startlingly fresh ideas here, from a culture still relatively unfamiliar to jazz”. – John Fordham – The Guardian, 2014
Certainly a defining moment in Shahin’s work and career was his meeting with Ahmad Jamal in 2014, who rated his music highly and is representing Shahin to the world.
..”He is one of the great pianists what I ever heard of ..” -Ahmad Jamal – , from interview, May 7th, 2019, Qobuz, Paris.
Jamal also co-produced his 2017 album “Emanation”, which received UK Vibe award as “Best Jazz Albums of 2017″, album was released on the French label Jazz Village, PIAS. In 2019, September 13th on Jazz Village, Shahin released his album ” From Baku to New York City”, produced by Ahmad Jamal.
Rain Sultanov is a 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 Aladdin 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. In 1985, Rain Sultanov was awarded at the Republican clarinetists contest.
In 1988, having received an invitation from the master of Azerbaijani vocal arts Rashid Behbudov, he began working at the Azerbaijan Song Theatre. After Behbudov’s in 1990 Rain becomes jazz soloist of the ‘Qaya’ State Jazz Orchestra. After this period of life can be called Rain Sultanov’s emerging professional jazz career. In 1997 he founded the band Syndicate and released his first album ‘Last Moment’.
On 24.04.2020 Release a new album ‘INFLUENCE’ by Ozella Music
Rain Sultanov – authoritative jazz musician and leading exponent of different forms of music, with his own style and a plethora of ideas and projects, drawn inexorably to the mysterious world of the future.
MINA AGOSSI was born in France in 1972.
She studied in many different countries, including Niger, Morocco, and France.
After graduating in theater, in 1990, Mina continued to travel, spending time in both the US and Spain, before returning to France in 1992.
Once back home Mina found herself singing the blues as a favour for a friend who was a saxophone player. The experience changed her life; so much so she immediately knew she was to become a professional singer.
1993 Mina settled in Brittany, where she started her professional career with a Swing & New Orleans jazz band.
Mina found herself interested in more modern jazz. She decided to compose her own music , with no harmonical instruments., “Voice & Bass” self produced recording was then born in 1997. The CD won the “Young Self-Produced Talents” from the French organisation FNAC. It gave her the chance to develop her skills through two special master classes, one in Boston with Sheela Jordan, and the other in France with Jeanne Lee.
After moving to Paris, Mina recorded in duo, with the drummer PHILIPPE COMBELLE, with whom she produced her second album, “ALKEMI” in 2001. This album received a 5 Stars review in the classical music magazine “Diapason”, as well as special CD notice in Jazz magazine.
Since then Mina Agossi decided to base her trio on the bass and the drums only. Tours started all around the world especially in the US where she played at the ex; famous Sweet Basil venue, with the Spirit of Life Ensemble and his band leader Daoud David Williams, and started learning a lot with TED CURSON.
She regularly performed under her name, but also for other bands such as Adam Pieronscyk “Amos”, Mukta,..
Just after the attacks of September 11th of 2001, “E-ZPASS TO BROOKLYN” was recorded in Brooklyn in oct taht same year. This album mixed many different musical styles, from hip hop to jazz, blues, rock, … it became what would become her special trademark.Then another CD appeared “CAROUSEL“ with the same trio.
In 2004 Mina Agossi signed with British jazz label CANDID RECORDS, and immediately made a massive impact with performances during that time, “ZABOUM!!” was released in May 2005. Earlier that year Mina won The ADAMI YOUNG TALENT AWARD and started to perform at the Vienne Jazz Festival, opening the show for the legendary OSCAR PETERSON. Another accomplishment was made with her interpretation of the fairy tale the “BEAUTY AND THE BEST” at the OPERA DE LYON that same year. In March 2006 Mina released “WELL YOU NEEDN’t”, with Alex Hièle and drummer Ichiro Onoe, with her inimitable re-interpretation of the jazz Standards. 2007.
She then recorded at the Jazz standard in NY, her first live album “WHO WANTS LOVE?”.
The MAESTRO AHMAD JAMAL noticed her style and decided to be a manager for her in the USA, this was in 2008.
“SIMPLE THINGS” came out in 2008 with the fantastic MANOLO BADRENA the actual and fantastic Ahmad Jamal’s percussion player, name of the album was.
She’s then, has had her entrance at the Blue Note New York after that album.
But 2008 crisis appeared, Candid Records decided to stop the company, still Mina had a pretty big turn out, she joined NAIVE French label in 2009 and opened the band to new musicians and JUST LIKE A LADY was born with special guest ANDY NARELL on steel drums and PHIL REPTIL as well as ERIC JACOT on the Bass.
In 2012, RED EYES came out with the her Master ARCHIE SHEPP as a special guest.
Then the CD FRESH appeared in 2014, and right after that, her last opus for Benin, with URBAFRIKA released in 2017.
In 2017 AHMAD JAMAL invited Mina AGOSSI to sing translate, record and perform in France the song “MARSEILLE”, one of the songs of his album Marseille.
Shows: She’s performed, Blue Note New York, Palais des Congrès, Opéra de Marseille, Vienne Jazz Festival, Marciac with Ahmad Jamal, also at Jamboree Warsow jazz Fest, blue note NY, Montreux Jazz Fest, Vienne Jazz Fest, Wien Jazz Fest, Liban Jazz fest, Moscow jazz Fest, London jazz Fest, Chicago Fest, Tanglewood Fest, Dakota (Minneapolis), Kinshasa Cultural Center, Luanda Cultural Center, Miller Branch Jersey City, Opera of Lyon, Opera of Damascus, Riga Inese Galante, Pori Jazz Festival, many Theaters in Sarcelles, Suresnes, Trianon, Européen, Besançon Summer Fest, Cotonou, LLuanda, Novossibirsk, Irkoutsk, Valdivostoc, Bangui…. Gdansk, Berlin, Magdeburg, Pori Jazz Fest, Barcelona Jamboree, Ibiza Jazz Fest, Gerona Jazz Fest, New Delhi Jazz Fest, Mexico Jazz festival, …