Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hafez Modirzadeh

Driving in this morning, I heard a track from this new album by saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh on the Stanford station. I had three immediate reactions: Man, is this cool! And man, is that piano out of tune! And man, that out-of-tune piano sounds strangely fantastic on those tone clusters!

When the DJ said it was Vijay Iyer on piano, I knew the tuning must have been intentional, and sure enough, it was.

Highly recommended. Something new in the tradition.


  1. Its not exactly like the album you posted but Ethiopiques Vol 4 by Mulatu Astatke is very cool and smooth. Also its got an odd George Clinton psychedelic feel about it.

  2. Back to the post, I like Hafez's stuff. I haven't heard too much of his work but every time I listen to it, it intrigues me.

  3. It's interesting which "world music" traditions meld well with jazz. Not always the ones one would expect.

  4. Bossa nova melds well. Afrobeat does quite well.