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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."

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