“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

“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

“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

“…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

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

Scott Albin, JazzTimes

“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

"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

“…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

Noshir Mody's A Burgeoning Consciousness, Review by Jonathan Widran, JWVibe

Indian born NYC mainstay Noshir Mody has led popular trios and showcased his explosive electric guitar chops in his bands The EthniFusion Rock Ensemble and The Ethnifusion Jazz Ensemble. 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. Though he penned all six expansive tracks (only one under 11 and a half minutes) and gives himself ample solo sections throughout, Mody’s compositions -from the high octane, rock influenced “Precipice of Courage” to the thoughtful and lyrical “Reconciling Loss” – are arranged to balance brisk ensemble action and unforgettable  solo spotlights by his cohorts that help illustrate the theme of each track. By name, that’s alto and tenor saxophonist Mike Mullan, trumpeter/flugelhornist Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Carshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida.


In his thoughtful liner notes, Mody explains the higher purpose of the project, with the first two pieces (“Secrets in the Wood and Stone,” “Consequence of the Uninitiated”) examining our external realm; the middle two (“Precipice of Courage,” “Reconciling Loss”) making investigations within, tapping into our internal conflicts, value conflicts, triumphs and failures; and the final two (“Weaving our Future From our Past,” “Forever July”) offering awakening and soulful reflection. Jazz has always tapped into the best of the human spirit. Mody makes sure that we never forget the details that go into creating spiritual unity out of our complex parts.

Noshir Mody's A Burgeoning Consciousness, Review by Marc Phillips, The Vinyl Anachronist

From its first moments, Noshir Mody's new album sounds very different from most contemporary jazz. It's dense and atmospheric, in a very big way, almost as if it was recorded in one of Morten Lindberg's Norwegian churches for 2L. There's a big band sound here, even though guitarist Mody is only joined by sax player Mike Mullan, trumpeter Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Charshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida. The six songs presented here, all original compositions by Mody, are big as well--only one is shorter than eleven minutes. The band specializes in creating sonic landscapes that are lush in the way that they flow from beginning to end, and there is a consistency in tone that makes A Burgeoning Consciousness sound like a stream of consciousness.

Mody's guitar has a lot to do with this. Mody was born in India but has been playing jazz in New York City since 1995. He counts Indian classical music, Bollywood musicals, Al Di Meola and rock in general as inspirations, and it shows in the way his guitar work supports the beat instead of pure improvisation. The liner notes describe his style as impressionistic, and I thought "Bingo!" His tones, while strictly electric, have a lovely pastel tinge to them--pastel that's been roughed up around the edges. This is not your typical round-toned mellow jazz guitar, it's equal parts Carlos Santana, Pat Metheny and Earl Slick. It's a uniquely fun sound.

The best way to describe this elusive feel, other than big or atmospheric or impressionistic, is warm. It's a warm embracing sound, and yet one with plenty of fire and excitement. The tempos from the band as a whole are culled from progressive rock genres, and yet each instrument can be broken down into very jazz-like cadences. 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.

The sound quality is superb--those early comparisons to 2L were not offered lightly. There's a specific sense of the performing stage here and the way each member of the sextet puts out a carefully chosen tone that functions as pure personality. While the energy here is driven by Mody's distinctive guitar, he also encourages each of his cohorts to express themselves as individuals during the solos. The album ends with a mellow elegy titled "Forever July," and it's the perfect coda for a bright, fascinating and energetic release such as this.

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