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#JAZZFUSION: Sachal Jazz Ensemble to unveil new album in London

Pakistan’s Sachal Jazz Ensemble are back with a new album, almost two years after the unlikely group of musicians wielding sitars, tablas and a host of string instruments first thrilled Britain with their unique interpretations of western jazz classics.

The Ensemble sold out the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Alchemy Festival in 2012 and they are returning to London this month to showcase their latest album, appropriately titled ‘Jazz and All That’.

The new effort follows the Ensemble’s first full studio album, ‘Interpretations of Jazz Standards and Bossa Nova’, which included their fabulous take on Dave Brubeck’s jazz anthem ‘Take Five’.

The single held the top spot on the iTunes world music chart in the US and UK from July - September in 2012, and the video became an unexpected YouTube sensation.?

The brainchild of London-based Pakistani millionaire Izzat Majeed, the Sachal Jazz Orchestra is made up of an eclectic band of musicians, ranging from session players unable to find work in conservative Pakistan to those who had fallen into poverty following the decline of the country’s once-flourishing ‘Lollywood’ film industry.  

'Jazz and All That’ showcases the best of East meets West including the Orchestra’s own take on the famous Pink Panther Theme and adaptations of a host of other hits by Steve Wonder, The Beatles, REM. 

Sachal’s reimagining of REM’s iconic ‘Everybody Hurts’, though not as complex as its other compositions, is utterly beautiful with the Tabla, Sarod and the flute enhancing the haunting nature of the song.

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