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Khaliq, Majid: The Basilisk

Majid is a violinist and composer, whom famous jazz composer and musician Winton Marsalis describes as "a unique blend of improvisation, groove, and technical sophistication". He is classically trained but this album definitely fits within the classical jazz genre.

Perfect for Saturday/Sunday morning relaxing with coffee or evenings by the fire with candle light.

Rating: 4/5


Track Listing:

"The Basilisk" is a jazzy violin and trumpet driven song to celebrate the 'king of the serpents'. The piano is spot on and adds great flavor to the piece. The Duke Ellington influenced keys make a large statement throughout the track. The cymbals also add that cool dazzle, set against the warm bass strumming.

"Expectation" is full of wonderful piano work mixed perfectly with the solid bass, cymbals, percussion and drums. Majid's violin adds spark to the slow burning flame which glows throughout the piece.

"O-Hime" is a slow moving dirge like piece. The trumpet and violin highlight the opening and are supported well with piano, drums, and cymbals. As the piece moves on, the violin weaves its way, along with the trumpet through the production as the piano paints its picture and the bass and drums support.

"Mansa Khan Musa" is set to a faster paced beat with piano, trumpet and violin the primary drivers in the production of sound.

The drum sets the beat early on "Inner Glimpse". But Majid's violin brings the spark and along with the dancing piano and drums keeps the rhythm flowing fast. The bass is a cool constant presence which helps blend with the high notes well. The violin solos coupled with that amazing piano work make this one of the highlights of the album. The trumpet solo also adds sparkle to the mix. The drum solo towards the end clinches this as the best track on the album.

"Spirals" opens with cool piano and drums. Majid's violin dances through the opening as the trumpet and bass do a great job of adding sound. The piano and drums build a nice soothing rhythm which carries throughout the song.

"The Truth" is a slow opener with piano, drums and trumpet. Majid's violin cuts in to change the mood to upbeat.

"Polka Dots and Moonbeams" starts out slow with violin and soft piano. This was Frank Sinatra's first big hit with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Majid's violin adds flavor to the mix and the familiar melody. The piano is so relaxing. Every key just leaves you more relaxed.

Added: February 4th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Language: english

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