AVAILABLE NOW! New album, Gurutopia, featuring jazz legends Mike Stern and Randy Brecker - on Dot Time Records. Click image below
"Shez Raja personifies the modernisation of jazz. He is fearless as a musician" All About Jazz
“Mahavishnu Orchestra with Jaco Pastorius in charge” The Guardian
“I thought my head was going to explode. It sounds like it’s come from the future. In fact I don’t even think there is a correct term for this kind of music just yet” ***** Bradford Telegraph
“The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers” **** Evening Standard
Dynamic British-Asian bass player Shez Raja formed his London-based Collective with the vision of creating exciting and evocative music - a sonic kaleidoscope of Indo-jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and euphoric grooves!
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.
The stellar band line-up regularly features many of the stars of the UK and international jazz world including Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, John Etheridge, Gilad Atzmon, Denys Baptiste, Oren Marshall and Arun Ghosh. The new record follows hot on the heels of live release Soho Live (ft Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings and Jay Phelps) and studio album Mystic Radikal (ft Andy Sheppard, Monika Lidke and Claude Deppa), both released on 33 Jazz Records.
Core band is Pascal Roggen, Chris Nickolls, Vasilis Xenopoulos, Alex Stanford.
Shez endorses Warwick basses and Gallien-Krueger bass amplification