Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Video: A Pakistani orchestra plays Dave Brubeck's "Take Five"

by Salman Hameed

This is very cool! As part of a tribute to Dave Brubeck, Lahore's Sachel Studio plays the jazz classic, "Take Five", with an arrangement that includes a sitar and a tabla. You have to check this out.

From Open Culture:
Here we have The Sachal Studios Orchestra, based in Lahore, Pakistan, playing an innovative cover of “Take Five,” the jazz standard written by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959. Before he died last year, Brubeck called it the “most interesting” version he had ever heard. Once you watch the performance above, you’ll know why. 
According to The Guardian, The Sachal Studios Orchestra was created by Izzat Majeed, a philanthropist based in London. When Pakistan fell under the dictatorship of General Zia-ul-Haq during the 1980s, Pakistan’s classical music scene fell on hard times. Many musicians were forced into professions they had never imagined — selling clothes, electrical parts, vegetables, etc. Whatever was necessary to get by. Today, many of these musicians have come together in a 60-person orchestra that plays in a state-of-the-art studio, designed partly by Abbey Road sound engineers. 
You can purchase their album, Sachal Jazz: Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova, on Amazon and iTunes. It includes versions of “Take Five” and “The Girl from Ipanema.”


Mohamed said...

This is brilliant! Very talented musicians.
Thanks for sharing, Salman!

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