Sachal Studio Orchestra – Take Five (2011)

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An ensemble of veteran Pakistani musicians have pulled off an unlikely coup with an innovative jazz album which has topped western charts – prompting comparisons with the Buena Vista Social Club which rediscovered a generation of lost Cuban musicians. The Sachal Studios Orchestra has captured imaginations with a catchy interpretation of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five which blends sweeping classical violins with sitars, tablas and other eastern instruments.The piece has brought praise from jazz greats – Brubeck, now 90, says it is “the most interesting” version of Take Five he’s ever heard – and propelled the orchestra’s album to the top of the iTunes jazz charts in the US and UK. [Source]

The original version performed by Dave Brubeck himself 50 years ago:

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