Noshir Mody is a stimulating and creative fusion guitarist displaying a beautiful tone, versatility, and inventive ideas on his picturesque originals. Throughout his career, he has recorded and performed consistently rewarding and thought-provoking sets of original music. Mody recently released his latest set of picturesque and atmospheric jazz, A Burgeoning Consciousness where six of Mody’s originals are performed by a superior sextet comprised of the leader’s guitar, alto and tenor-saxophonist Mike Mullan, trumpeter Benjamin Hankle, pianist Campbell Charshee, bassist John Lenis and drummer Yutaka Uchida.
Throughout A Burgeoning Consciousness, Noshir Mody displays his own highly individual sound on the guitar along with a fresh imagination that reflects his wide musical experiences. Born and raised in Bombay, India, he was self-taught on guitar. Mody has stated that his early inspirations included Indian classical music, Al DiMeola's Elegant Gypsy, music from Bollywood, and rock along with the modern jazz guitar masters.
After moving to New York in 1995, Noshir Mody dedicated himself to creative music, regularly leading his own trio in clubs. His original conception to playing music was well showcased in his groups The EthniFusion Rock Ensemble and The EthniFusion Jazz Ensemble. Mody’s impressionistic playing and colorful originals were documented in his solo guitar recording In This World With You, his trio set Union Of Hearts and by his quintet on Stories From The Years Of Living Passionately.
Now, with the release of A Burgeoning Consciousness, Noshir Mody has taken another giant step forward with arguably his finest recording to date.
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Awards and Press:
* Best Jazz Instrumental Album nomination in the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards for the album “Stories From the Years of Living Passionately"
* GASC Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting Award, Instrumental Category for the composition “India"
“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
“…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
“…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
“…A piece such as “The Next Chapter" flows like a stream for nine minutes, while on the sixteen minute “India" Mody has his guitar chords chime like bells and Uchida’s cymbals sashay the groove along like a spring breeze. A delicate ride cymbal taps along during “A Pearl Discovers the Oyster" and Mody’s solo beams across like a rainbow at sunset, just before the panoramic “To Be In Your Thoughts" closes this journey with optimistic notes of joy. As fresh and cleansing as a summer rain!"
George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly
“…this group gets to stretch out both individually and collectively in spirited and spiritual fashion."
Scott Albin, JazzTimes
“…The album is fine example of impressionism with a distinctive style and an intriguing improvisational approach. The compositions and the musicianship, particularly Mody and Staaf, is first rate and as a whole Stories from The Years of Living Passionately is involving and engaging."
Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz
“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
“…If expressive melodies and harmonies can be said to serve as metaphors for that moment of inspiration, Mody’s music makes the case. The album is the pudding’s proof…"
“…Behind his guitar the sound is youthful and loving, and we are treated to a great mix of impressive musicianship."
John Shelton Ivany, JSITop21
“…Whatever you’ve ever dug is in the mix here from Shakti to smooth jazz to Paul Horn to Paul Winter to Pall Mall. Kicking it out with a quartet of like minded pros on a mission to serve it right and tight, Mody is out to make the world a smaller place. First rate stuff that sounds like world beat for a nu generation of jazzbos…"
Chris Spector, Midwest Record