“...featuring eminent trumpeter Ron Miles, it's a democratic, group-focused modus operandi, spinning with variable harmonic and rhythmic underpinnings...yielding numerous dividends...”
- All About Jazz
With eleven new works, highlighting the dramatic chemistry and rapport within his sextet, New York-based saxophonist and composer Hashem Assadullahi presents his debut recording for OA2 Records. Inspired by events, people and passions, the compositions are brought to life through the ensemble's strength of collective improvisation and their shared eclectic musical aesthetic. While drawing on a wide array of inspirations, including jazz, classical, pop, and movie soundtracks, each piece focuses on melody and mood, from introspective to lighthearted fun.
1. Prized Possession 4:37
2. The Straight Man (Walking the Dog on a Sunday) 9:02
3. Pretty 5:54
4. The Harbinger 4:49
5. User Error 7:10
6. A Bag of Oranges 3:11
7. Digging Out 7:20
8. Seal Island 7:29
9. Fingersticks 6:14
10. Dark Tower 9:14
11. The Missing Piece 4:16
Produced by Hashem Assadullahi
Assistant Producers: Justin Morell & Tyler Abbott
Recorded by Dennis Carter at Falcon Studios, Portland, OR, on February 6th & 7th, 2011
Mixed & mastered by Justin Morell at Sonic Frenzy Studios, Portland, OR
Band photography by Paul Bodin, Kevin Tomanka and Alexander Ferguson
Artwork by Andrew Rowan
Cover design and layout by John Bishop
New York City Jazz Record
Guitarist Justin Morell's raga-informed intro on CD opener "Prized Possession" entreats the listener to get on board this somewhat disjointed but compositionally intricate session from saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi. Trumpeter Ron Miles' luxuriant tone melds with Morell's spaciousness before Assadullahi leads the sextet into various collectively inspired realms. Aptly named Pieces, things evolve and devolve into songs about lots of different subjects, using the mundane "A Bag of Oranges", the we...
Oregon Jazz Scene
Saxophonist and composer Assadullahi strikes gold with this rich recording featuring some of Oregon's finest talent along with Denver trumpet virtuoso Ron Miles. Though Assadullahi relocated to New York after leaving the University of Oregon several years ago, his ties to this region remain strong with frequent visits, gigs, and collaborations. Guitarist Justin Morell, drummer Ryan Biesack, pianist James Miley, and Bassist Tyler Abbott all play and teach in Oregon.
The album's stunn...
All About Jazz
Saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi and his core band returned to the studio to release an exceptionally strong sophomore effort with Pieces. The Texas born-Northwest cured-New York-based musician revealed his penchant for melody on his prior release Strange Neighbor (8bells, 2009). Here he builds upon that foundation with a scattering of themes from pop tunes, avant-garde leanings, and some deftly orchestrated group improvisations.
Assadullahi's returning partners here are guitarist Jus...