Pakistani 'Take Five' Is The Best Selling Jazz Thing On iTunes : A Blog Supreme After a BBC report, and some word-of-Internet buzz, the Sachal Studio Orchestra's version of the Paul Desmond classic (made popular by Dave Brubeck) is easily the most popular thing on the most popular jazz album on an online retailer.
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Pakistani 'Take Five' Is The Best Selling Jazz Thing On iTunes

After a BBC report, and some word-of-Internet buzz, this version of "Take Five" is easily the most popular thing on the most popular jazz album on iTunes.

Sachal Jazz: Interpretations of Jazz Standards & Bossa Nova is the brainchild of Izzat Majeed, a U.K.-based investor and philanthropist (and jazz fan) who financed a custom studio for the musicians of Lahore, Pakistan. This is the studio's latest creation, now also second on the Amazon MP3 jazz rankings.

Three more thoughts:

  1. Let's not forget that the original "Take Five" was actually a mainstream hit too. I like that they designed a tabla solo where the Dave Brubeck Quartet gave Joe Morello a drum solo.
  2. Makes me wish that other, perhaps more original fusions of Indian/Pakistani music and jazz could also get bankrolled so lavishly: the Vijay Iyers, Rudresh Mahanthappas, Rez Abbasis, Sunny Jains, Sameer Guptas and more.
  3. It's been a big few months for jazz and the name Sachal, huh?

Also, PRI's The World also picked it up today as their "Global Hit."