“If the Mahavishnu Orchestra were reformed with a reincarnated Jaco Pastorius in charge it would sound pretty similar” 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 music that evokes all of the emotions - a unique mix of Indo-jazz, thundering funk, tuneful ragas and intoxicating grooves! The group have produced four highly acclaimed albums including studio album, Mystic Radikal (33 Records) featuring international jazz stars Andy Sheppard and Claude Deppa.
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 the cream of the UK and global jazz scene including Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Soweto Kinch, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Arun Ghosh, Jay Phelps, Monika Lidke, Denys Baptiste and Shabaka Hutchings. Core band is Pascal Roggen, Chris Nickolls, Aaron Liddard, Alex Stanford.
Shez endorses Warwick basses and Gallien-Krueger bass amplification