Where I Belong
2011 / Sajjad Music
Review by Michael Debbage
A self taught pianist-composer from Canada, Sajjad has created a most impressive debut that took over 4 years to create. It has all the ingredients of a long time professional with impressive arrangements and a full production and for that matter an almost mini orchestra including the cello, violin, viola, saxophone, trumpet, flutes, flugelhorn, percussion and uillean pipes. Most impressive is Sajjad’s ability to have fellow Canadian Johannes Linstead appear on Spanish guitar.
Comparisons with the Yanni’s Tribute and the world themes that were explored during that era are unavoidable, though Sajjad has his own trademark such as bringing in a heavy emphasis on the saxophone intermingling with ethnic flutes and various other arrangements along with Sajjad’s keyboards. A debut this strong has only set the bar high and considering the positive energy that exudes from Where I Belong one can only expect big things from this new arrival.
October 6, 2011