“A top-notch jazz and fusion guitarist, Noshir Mody composes picturesque originals that are impossible to classify as anything but high-quality modern jazz…"

Scott Yanow, Author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

“Guitarist Noshir Mody is a fusion guitarist and so much more: he is a musical philosopher who addresses the current condition of the world today in a manner that makes both his music and his lyrics poignant…Beautiful music, rich in significant ideas – this is an antidote for the way the world’s pressures impact us.”

Grady Harp

HALL OF FAME REVIEWER, Amazon.com

“Self-taught Bombay guitarist Noshir Mody has assembled a magnificent array of musicians to record a deeply personal, sonically rich and beautifully produced album…"

Phil Jackson, Acid Dragon Magazine

“The guitarist puts together a tight, unfussy melody, and rolls it out like it had a bank of spotlights covering its movement.” 

Dave Sumner, Jazz Recommendations - 2018

“…this group gets to stretch out both individually and collectively in spirited and spiritual fashion."

Scott Albin, JazzTimes

“…This is surely the direction jazz is headed for in the 21st Century & beyond… waves of passion will invade your thoughts and bring you the peace that only jazz can bring…"

Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation Magazine

"Your mind will flicker back and forth between the sum and its parts, and then you'll relax and hear the whole sound wash over you complete, especially as each of these epic tunes reach a thrilling climax."

Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist

“History’s greatest jazz recordings have always been those that meet the moment, using music and improvisation to reflect history, explore the issues and forge hope for a way forward. No jazz album in the first half of 2020 hits all these targets with greater precision than Indian born, NYC based veteran guitarist Noshir Mody, who is well known for leading his EthniFusion rock and jazz ensembles and performing with his trio."

Jonathan Widran, JWVibe

“…High art, as far as I’m concerned, one of the year’s stand-out cuts so far, within a CD that doesn’t brazenly demand re-listening but instead seduces. You’ll be tossing it into the player again and again without even realizing it."

Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“He finds the sweet spot where real muso ears will appreciate his guitar excursions. A tasty outing throughout, it certainly sates the need for something out of the ordinary but not too way out.”

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“The guitar ace creates special music for hopeless times and tosses the listener a rope to let them know things are bound to turn around. Uplifting fusion, this is the kind of music that does well by doing good.”

Chris Spector, Midwest Record

“When playing this I often find myself closing my eyes and just getting into the feel, the rhythm and soul of the album, as it truly is a beautiful piece of work.”

Kev Rowland, FRaME Music

“On the rhythmically and harmonically diverse, improvisation-rich, spiritual minded A Burgeoning Consciousness, he whirlwinds together the best of all styles as the leader of a powerhouse sextet."

Jonathan Widran, JWVibe

Noshir Mody's An Idealist's Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 - Review by Jonathan Widran, JWVibe

History’s greatest jazz recordings have always been those that meet the moment, using music and improvisation to reflect history, explore the issues and forge hope for a way forward. No jazz album in the first half of 2020 hits all these targets with greater precision than Indian born, NYC based veteran guitarist Noshir Mody, who is well known for leading his EthniFusion rock and jazz ensembles and performing with his trio.

The title of his multi-faceted new ensemble album An Idealist’s Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 may be a mouthful, but it puts us in an optimistic state so that we may see daylight after the dark, anxious, fearful and complacency shattering year. Its July 3 release date is perfect, as it’s a signal that we can divide the year into the crazy, discomfiting first half, and perhaps, with any luck, a slightly better and less chaotic second half. 

Joined by a brilliant group that includes pianist Campbell Charshee, saxophonist Mike Mullan and (a true relevation of strength and emotional truth) vocalist Kate Victor, Mody leads us towards a better interior and external moment with a fascinating blend of musical storytelling, rousing high octane improvisations and “Rise,” a soaring, brass fired vocal anthem advocating for democracy, tolerance and common purpose. He sets the tone for the mood swinging to come with the atmospheric, grooving guitar-centric opener “Radha,” a musical interpretation of a famous Indian love tale. 

Aside from compelling narratives and some of the year’s most ear popping solos by Charshee, Mullan and Mody himself, another unique element of the collection is allowing the listener to experience what seem to be “sketching” works in progress by introducing the lengthier excursions (“Ol’ Splitfoot,” “Under a Starlit Sky”) with sparsely arranged shorter pieces focusing on his melodic guitar. 

Listening to this extraordinary album just as the second half of the year is about the begin, you may feel hopeful that we’re finally turning the corner. 

Noshir Mody's An Idealist's Handbook: Identity, Love and Hope in America 2020 - Review by Grady Harp, Hall Of Fame Reviewer - Amazon.com

Guitarist Noshir Mody is a fusion guitarist and so much more: he is a musical philosopher who addresses the current condition of the world today in a manner that makes both his music and his lyrics poignant. In addition to his carefully selected fellow musicians for this recording, he adds the voice of Kate Victor to communicate his lyrical thoughts.

The ensemble - Noshir Mody - guitar, Campbell Charshee - piano, Yuka Tadano - bass, Jarrett Walser - drums, Mike Mullan - alto and tenor saxophone, Benjamin Hankle - trumpet & flugelhorn, and Kate Victor – vocals.

The songs, all composed and arranged by Noshir Mody are Radha, Sketching “Illusions Grow”, Illusions Grow, Sketching “Ol’ Splitfoot”, Ol’ Splitfoot, Illustrating “Rise”, Sketching “Under A Starlit Sky (2020)”, Under A Starlit Sky (2020), Rise, and Illusions Grow (Reprise).

Beautiful music, rich in significant ideas – this is an antidote for the way the world’s pressures impact us. 

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