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THE SHIN

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Georgia


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The Shin ( "way home" in Georgian)is a progressive folk/world fusion trio from Caucasian country of Georgia, founded in 1998 by Zaza Miminoshvili (guitars, panduri), Zurab J. Gagnidze (electric and acoustic bass, vocals) and Mamuka Gaganidze (vocals, percussion).

In their Georgian homeland, these musicians belong to the artistic elite of the country and are well known as leading composers and musicians. They have scripted pieces for productions at the Tbilisi State Theatre, numerous film, TV, and radio projects in Georgia and around the world, have taken part in several international projects, working together with great composers, directors and artists such as Chaka Khan, Randy Brecker, and many others. Musicians have lead several workshops on Georgian polyphony polyrhythmic and improvisation-theory. The Shin has participated in various festivals and won several prizes in recognition of their work.

Whenever trio is based in Germany, they are well known around Central and Eastern Europe because of their regular live shows ( usually with different guest folk and jazz musicians, dancers, etc.)They actually are most successful ambassadors of great, but still less known Caucasian folklore legacy around the Europe.

For those, who never heard polyrhythmic Georgian songs, often with multilayered male vocals and hot percussion, The Shin's music could be a real discovery.

Slava (Snobb)

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Tseruli
2002
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Ibero-Caucasian Style
2003
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ManyTimer
2005
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Es Ari
2009
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Black Sea Fire
2009
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Extraordinary Exhibition
2013

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Egari
2006

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 Black Sea Fire by SHIN,THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Black Sea Fire
The Shin Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by snobb
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4 stars New album of excellent Georgian (country in Caucasus) world fusion band is as sunny and fresh, as morning breeze in eastern Black Sea coastal town Poti. This time unique Georgian trio collaborates with dozen of greatest Black Sea (and around) region folk/world fusion musicians brewing their sparkling sunny mix of pulsating jazzy rhythm section and multicultural folklore tradition. And, most important, this mix sounds extremely modern and fresh!

Caucasus/Crimean/Eastern Balkans component is dominating there, but it is such well balanced by very jazzy bass and percussion, that result mix could be named Black Sea jazz fusion, no other way.

There are some really great names between collaborators on this album. Theodosii Spasov is best kaval player in Bulgaria, released dozen of albums and played all around the world. Accordionist Nariman Umerov is a member of Tatar Trio, well known Ukrainian ethno-jazz band. Austria-based Indian tabla player Jatinder Thakur supported Dhafer Youssef in his tour. Anatolie Stefanel is violinist and leader of Moldova's best ethno-fusion band Trigon.

If some one ever heard Georgian traditional singing, then you know what a miracle it is! Multilayered, a- capella, with fantastic harmonies and voices! You can find some influences of this on The Shin album. Besides of Indian tabla music, Balkan hot dance rhythms, Transylvanian accordion, and even re-worked Ukrainian Jews klezmer influenced extremely popular song "Wow Odessa" ( singing in Ukrainian and Russian with all possible heavy accents).

This album is not the one for jazz fusion purists. But if you're interested in breath of fresh air, sparkling glass of good wine-like world fusion, framed in tasteful and professional elegant jazzy frame, try this!

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.

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