The CD features ten original compositions, six of which are inspired by actual and fictitious personalities from Hashem's childhood neighborhood in Texas. Included is also an original by Justin Morell, of L.A. who has worked with Peter Erskine, Bob Florence and John Williams. Strange Neighbor is the fourteenth release on the New York-based 8bells label.
...their splendid new CD, Strange Neighbor, whose 10 original compositions span a variety of tempos, moods and colors, and display a spacious, probing compositional approach that invites listeners in rather than overwhelming them with virtuoso moves". --Brett Campbell Willamette Weekly of Portland, OR
Saxophonist and composer, Hashem Assadullahi has performed music ranging from the big band repertoire of the swing era, to straight-ahead styles, to contemporary projects. In recent years he has had the privilege to perform with Ron Miles, Ben Monder, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Motown's The Platters. In addition to his own release “The Strange Neighbor”, Hashem has had the opportunity to record with several ensembles, appearing on the albums “Live at Jo Fed's” with the Poisonous Birds (June 2008), “The Turning Point” with the Douglas Detrick Quintet (pending release), and “Walking Across” with Anywhen (pending release). In addition to performing, Hashem has held teaching positions at various institutions including Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand, Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon. Hashem frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the United States and Southeast Asia. If you would like to contact Hashem to appear at your school or event feel free to e-mail him.