NAZIM GULIYEV'S BLUES

Part One. Biographical Information

1951 - Born in Ganja, Azerbaijan. His father, Memmed Teymur oglu Quliyev, was Azeri; his mother, Nojko Anastasiya Matveyevna, was Ukrainian.

1958-60 - Studied at the BulBul Music School in the piano class of N. A. Akhundova

1966-2005 - Electrician, Roads Inspector, Labourer, Director of the State Concert Union Recording Studio, Musician, Salesman, Driver and Shop Manager.

1970-1990 - Worked with the groups: Orero, Gaya, Mugham and in the restaurants: Deniz Vagzali, Sadko, Chanlibell, Intourist, Azerbaijan and others, as bass guitarist.

Nazim Guliyev

Toured with various groups in Azerbaijan and countries of the former Soviet Union and Africa, as well as Afghanistan, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey.

Married twice, has two sons: Teymur and Vagif.

A man of good taste, a good cook, a joyful character who liked writing (articles, stories and letters). In personal relationships, in choosing clothes, music and friends he was a little fastidious. He had many friends….

2005 - Died in Dnepropetrovsk in the Ukraine.

Nazim, this was how your plans and fate worked out.


Part Two. 'Indigo' Man
Psychologists believe that a person who prefers the colour blue is independent, melancholic, modest, just, clever and not loathe to influencing others. He appreciates friendship but is not self-assured and is often in his own world. As blue is the colour of the sky and the sea it indicates that this person likes travel and the exotic. Scientists, artists, writers and religious people like this colour.

Nazim Guliyev

They are reformers but also tend to the conservative; sometimes kind, sometimes changeable, sometimes sociable and sometimes fanatic.
This was just the profile that a para psychologist wrote on seeing your photograph taken here after a ten year absence from your native land.


Part Three. Musician member of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
After your biographical details and psychological profile, memories of your enthusiasm for jazz sparkle sapphire-like in the mind.
Nazim Guliyev

Even as a teenager you were a fan of The Beatles and you once jumped from a train speeding along the track which your parents laid; The Beatles were singing 'Yesterday' and calling you to where your soul lay at the start of a new day. You were fed up of playing music by yourself and their style enabled you to play with friends who understood your every beat; this way of working became your ideal method. You were on a straight road, ignoring the social norms and overcoming the moral and material strictures of the Soviet regime (the first rehearsals you organized were in a basement). Your aim was simple, but unattainable: you wanted to work with true musicians, play your own music, see the light and hear the sounds from behind the scenes.
With your prodigious talent and lucky fate, your dreams did finally come true. You played jazz with the best professionals in Baku; Vagif Mustafazadeh appreciated you and took you into his group. The enthusiast who introduced you and witnessed your relationship, sound operator Emil Quliyev, said that after listening for three minutes to Nazim's group, Vagif ran to his wife in the kitchen shouting, "Elza, they play jazz!" Your jazz-rock bass (as with the rhythms of drummer Parviz) brought a new dimension to the jazz maestro's creativity.
Vagif Mustafazadeh died in your arms. After his death you worked hard to overcome the barriers and achieve your dream in forming the group 'Charkh' (Wheel). This was one of the first groups to bring jazz-rock to the fore in Azerbaijan.
In work and in life you went further than The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper': you progressed from the rhythm-dominated styles of youth to a more intellectual style addressing a broader audience and you escaped loneliness thanks to your friends and your music. As a very young boy you used to hum in your solitude. But in the last two days of your life, although in a coma, according to the doctors you were still listening to music; tapping your fingers along with the rhythm.
You were also lucky in that, even though you faced many problems, you were able to carry on with a smile on your face.

Nazim Guliyev

…Your music, which is lodged in our hearts forever, your blues, I wonder it is so sad? If you were alive, perhaps you would answer: There is no joyful blues….. That's why whoever is saddened by your absence should remember Pushkin's words:

"My sadness is also bright
Because my sadness reflects your light"
This sadness is bright because those whom God loves he takes early.

Tahirə Quliyevə-Kərimova
05.05.05. Samsun, Türkiyə