NEW ALBUM “GURUTOPIA” – More information on the album here
Raja, a dynamic electric bass virtuoso and groove aficionado, with his band the Shez Raja Collective has previously released four highly-acclaimed albums, as well as performed headline dates across the UK and festival appearances around the globe, amassing a dedicated following and forging a reputation as one of the most entertaining live acts on the scene today.
Shez Raja was born to an Indian father and English mother in Liverpool, England. Classically trained on the violin from the age of 9, he traded the instrument in for the electric bass aged 13 and hasn’t looked back since. Educated at Leeds College of Music, Raja toured the UK with groups such as Elephant Talk and Loka (signed to renowned label Ninja Tune), before becoming a highly sought after session musician, touring with platinum selling hip-hop artist MC Lyte.
Shez regularly collaborates with many of the stars of the UK and international jazz world including Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, John Etheridge, Gilad Atzmon, Denys Baptiste, Oren Marshall and Arun Ghosh. The new record follows hot on the heels of live release Soho Live (ft Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings and Jay Phelps) and studio album Mystic Radikal (ft Andy Sheppard, Monika Lidke and Claude Deppa), both released on 33 Jazz Records.
What the Press are Saying
“Mahavishnu Orchestra with Jaco Pastorius in charge” – The Guardian
“Chic, contemporary and groove-laden” – The Musician
“Fusion music at its most straight forward and entertaining” – All About Jazz
“I thought my head was going to explode. It sounds like it’s come from the future. In fact I don’t even think there is a correct term for this kind of music just yet” ★★★★★ Bradford Telegraph
“The hip-shaking mix of Eastern song lines and funky Western dance-beats never wavers” ★★★★ Evening Standard
“Multi-layered and imaginative” ★★★★ Manchester Evening News