Artist: Shahin Novrasli
Title: Bayati
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 2014
Duration: 01:02:34
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Label: Bee Jazz

Shahin Novrasli is an Azerbaijani jazz pianist. Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, where he combines eastern and 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 Novrasli is an eclectic Azerbaijani musician, who — like compatriot pianists Vagif Mustafazade and Aziza Mustafa Zadeh — has built a reputation beyond his homeland for a tumultuous fusion of American jazz and the local mugam folk tradition. Novrasli was a local classical star in his teens, and his jazz virtuosity is often breathtaking — like Brad Mehldau’s contrapuntal-improv approach delivered at blazing tempos, or Herbie Hancock’s left-hand chording reworked with jarring harmonies and wilful rhythmic diversions. Novrasli’s themes seem informed by his folk roots and Broadway songs, and he loves rapidly churning ostinato patterns over rocking hooks, multi-themed slow-burners (the tune of Bayati Shiraz is a rumble of low chords, briefly harrumphing rejoinders and short bursts of whirling dance melody), soft meditations against left-hand walks that snap into silky, Bill Evans-like swing. 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.


  1. Nocturne For Natavan – 5:36
  2. 1001 Nights – 2:59
  3. Prelude In E Minor – 6:42
  4. Bayati Shiraz – 10:25
  5. From Mill To Station – 4:14
  6. Insomnia – 4:57
  7. Elinde Sazin Qurbani – 6:07
  8. Baga Girdim Uzume – 3:17
  9. Autumn Of Love – 7:38
  10. Fir & Giz – 10:43