With drummer and percussionist Jamey Haddad, saxophonist and flutist Billy Drewes, tablaist Salar Nader, bassist Roberto Occhipinti, pianist Leo Blanco, accordionist Michael Ward Bergeman, quanunist Ali Amr, and percussionist Luisito Quintero.
We’ll let Paul Simon explain why you should check out Under One Sun, founded by percussionist Jamey Haddad:
“Jamey Haddad and I have been making music together for nearly 20 years. As a percussionist with a constellation of instruments from different cultures and continents, he fits into my band and provides the glue that makes it hang together rhythmically. He provides a similar service for this remarkable group.
Under One Sun plays gentle swinging music composed by Billey Drewes and interpreted by members of the octet who come from three continents. Still, the music feels natural, with a sound solidly rooted in American jazz, incorporating Ali Paris’ qanun from Palestine and Billy Drewes’ saxophone from the U.S.
Many musicians attempt to find a common language or palette of colors that create musical neologisms, but it’s an endeavor more easily dreamed of than made real. Under One Sun is an example of the dream come true. The group blends seemingly disparate sounds and flavors into a rhythmic stew that makes a musical feast—music that is visceral and intellectual at once. Changing time signatures with an ease that belies the fact that this is their first studio recordings, Under One Sun leaves us satisfied and looking forward to hearing its next incarnation.”