"...a conceptually cohesive album that crackles with spontaneity and enchants with its lyricism. Thanks to Hassan’s creative imagination and his colleagues’ superb musicianship, Yalla! is a testament to the universality of the musical experience."
"...with a near-perfect balance of melody and groove, his finger and arco work is outshined by his abilities as a composer and arranger on Yalla. Hassan folds multicultural influences into a post-bop core, wherein a close ear reveals Latin and Middle Eastern strains woven so skillfully into the arrangements that tracks like "Dance of the Grackles" and "Twice at Once" never become as obvious as fusion. Shapeshifting beauty on "Dublin" and "Arab Spring" point to an ability to create future standards, bringing out the best of both band and tune...."
...Yalla!, takes its title from the Arabic word for hurry. It informs some of the album’s most compelling moments, but also the record’s urgency to display the leader’s versatility....
- DownBeat Magazine
"...an album that is both surprising and stunning. With its roots in jazz it encompasses elements of classical, world and the avant-garde to create a visual canvas of rich colours and adventurous compositions that are diverse and intertwining. The masterful array of musicians gathered provide textured and stylistic instrumentations that support and highlight each others talents. Tarik's double bass playing is exceptional with a uniqueness that is tender and effortless."
"A superb opus which has something to delight jazz lovers with the quality of the songs, compositions and interpretation at the service of a beautiful originality." "...get lost in this journey to infinity where love and poetry seem to be the rule."
(translated from French)
"Each [composition] shows her openness to the world, her curiosity and her joy. This music gives life, energy and opens the mind." (translated)
"...sensitive, poetic, remarkably structured music..."
"Middle Eastern melodies meet American jazz in this Austin bassist's swinging aesthetic."
"Akin to a contemporary version of the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet, this band plays with an understated intensity, a deep connection to one another, and a subtle mastery of the jazz lexicon.."
The first generation American son of an Irish mother and Palestinian father, Tarik Hassan' s original music is a mix of his experiences and influences. He is able to draw on the music of these rich cultures as well as the musical traditions of America to create music that has a truly unique sound.
In May 2020 Tarik Hassan will release Yalla!, his second album as a leader. The album shows Tarik's evolution as a composer as well as a bassist and improviser. It features nine new original compositions that explore the cross sections of several musical cultures while remaining rooted in jazz. The result is an exciting journey through a world without borders or barriers. Accompanying him on this outing is a stellar group of musicians: drummers Fabio Augustinis and Michael Longoria, pianist Ben Irom, percussionist Noah Mosagofian, guitarist Brian Pardo, and violinist Kimberly Zielnicki.
Originally from Jacksonville, FL he spent the better part of a decade living and working in New Orleans, LA. It was in New Orleans that he honed in on his unique sound while studying the music of current jazz masters and those of previous generations. Since 2013 he has resided in Austin, TX and has become an integral part of the music scene in the area.
In 2010 Tarik independently released his self titled debut recording. It was well received by critics and the jazz community alike, and was nominated for "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" by New Orleans' OffBeat Magazine.
Some of the great artists that Tarik has performed with include Jason Marsalis, Andre Hayward, Tom Brechtlein, James Polk, Bruce Saunders, Rich Harne, Irvin Mayfield, Ephraim Owens, Ed Petersen, Steve Masakowski, Johnny Vidacovich, Marlon Jordan, Delfeayo Marsalis, Brian Seegar, Doug Carn, Troy Davis, David Torkanowsky, and many other fine musicians. He has performed extensively in the States and in Europe at such fine venues as SXSW, Austin, TX; Snug Harbor, New Orleans; The Spotted Cat, New Orleans; The House of Blues, New Orleans; The Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend, Las Vegas; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; Les Cultures du Monde, France; Elephant Room, Austin, TX; Exit Cafe, Rotterdam, NL; and many others.
Dr. Hassan teaches double bass at Temple College and Texas A&M Central Texas. He earned a Doctorate of Music Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz at the University of Texas in Austin. He also holds a Masters in Music from the University of New Orleans and a B.A. in music from Florida State University.