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Anouar Brahem – 1998 – Thimar

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Anouar Brahem - 1998 - Thimar

The oud is an ancient short-necked, plucked Arabic instrument. On Thimar, East meets West with oud instrumentalist Anouar Brahem along with jazz masters, saxophonist/bass clarinetist John Surman and bassist Dave Holland. The opener, “Badhra,” commences with Surman’s light as a feather soprano work while Holland and Brahem successively join the festivities as if they were doing one of those “let’s introduce the band” exercises. “Taiwin” leans toward the Arabic end of the spectrum as Holland and Brahem perform Middle Eastern unison lines. Holland’s rich, exuberant sound provides a huge bottom for Surman and Brahem while also providing tonal color and rhythmic balance. This attribute serves as an interesting contrast to Brahem’s oud. “Mazad” features some extended ensemble work from the Trio. The muscular rhythmic pulse is provided by Holland and Brahem while Surman develops attractive themes with his fluid and crystal clear soprano work. Here, Surman’s phrasing and nimble tone seems angelic and my! stical.

The entire recording is amiable, wonderfully produced and absorbing. The ever present Middle Eastern feel is always an underlying factor; however, Holland did his homework to devise and implement the unorthodox pulse required to pull this off. Surman rides the top and provides the nuance and thematic movements. The entire project is captivating yet at times seems innocent and humble as if this were a spiritual exercise. Either way you look at it Thimar is entertaining and impressive. There’s a lot going on here. Recommended.

Personnel:

  • Anouar Brahem: Oud.
  • John Surman: Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet.
  • Dave Holland: Double-Bass.

TrackList:

  1. Badhra (08:29)
  2. Kashf (05:22)
  3. Houdouth (05:35)
  4. Talwin (04:16)
  5. Waqt (02:31)
  6. Uns (04:48)
  7. Al Hizam Al Dhahbi (05:40)
  8. Qurb (05:14)
  9. Mazad (05:03)
  10. Kernow (05:09)
  11. Hulmu Rabia (02:14)

Duration : 54:21 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1998 | Size :141 mb

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Anouar Brahem - 2009 - The Astounding Eyes of Rita

Anouar Brahem was born on October 20, 1957 in the town of Halfaouine in the Medina of Tunis, Tunisia. He is an oud player and composer, who is widely acclaimed as an innovator in his field. Performing primarily for a jazz audience, he fuses Arab classical music, folk music and jazz and has been recording since at least 1991, after becoming prominent in his own country in the late 1980s

Anouar Brahem أنور ابراهيم

The Astounding Eyes of Rita rings to life on four resonant notes from Tunisian oudist Anouar Brahem, joined in short order by the deep, rich tone of Klaus Gesing’s bass clarinet. The music sounds ancient, like something from an old civilization, full of past truths that still hold true.

Manfred Eicher, the man in charge at ECM Records, has been known to inspire, from talented artists, consistently beautiful and sometimes eccentric (American ethno-centricity speaking) music from unusual instrumental combinations. His ECM sound—with notable exceptions including Keith Jarrett’s Standard Trio and Trio Beyond, to name two—leans toward spaciousness and subtlety with an egalitarian chamber music approach.

The Astounding Eyes of Rita fits into that chamber aesthetic, its quartet teaming German bass clarinetist Gesing with Brahem’s Middle Eastern oud, backed by Swedish bassist Bjorn Meyer—known best for his groove-heavy Zen-Funk work in Nik Bartsch’s Ronin—and Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine, to make a tranquil world music that embraces the inspired introspection and organic breathing room that has become de rigueur with the German record label.

The oud, the ancestor to the Western lute, is not your everyday jazz instrument. The pear-shaped, big-bodied string instrument that, to the uneducated ear, doesn’t sound hugely different from the acoustic guitar, is sharper in tone, perhaps, and more succinct in its notations. The bass clarinet adds a Western element; introduced to many by Bennie Maupin’s dark wood moaning within the sonic conglomeration of Miles Davis’ Bitch’s Brew (Columbia, 1969), its divine sound, showcased here in a quartet setting, is too seldom heard in jazz. The darbouka—a Middle-Eastern goblet drum with a crisp, resonant pop—bolsters the world music flavor of the set.

“The Lover of Beirut” has a peaceful feeling—restrained, unhurried and spiritual. “Dance With Waves” gives off a glow of peaceful momentum, while “Stopover At Djibouti” evokes images of teaming streets, gregarious interactions and convivial equanimity, the richly mellifluous voice of the bass clarinet punctuated by the concise declarations of the oud and darbouka.

The title tune explores the mysteries and the beauty of “Rita’s” eyes, sounding like a celebration of something holy. Indeed, the quartet’s musical immersion in things revered gives the Astounding Eyes of Rita a feeling of deep spirituality expressed by these serenely gorgeous sounds.

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Musicians:

  • Anouar Brahem : Oud
  • Klaus Gesing : Bass Clarinet
  • Björn Meyer : Bass
  • Khaled Yassine : Darbouka, Bendir

 

Track List:

  1. The Lover Of Beirut (07:45)
  2. Dance With Waves (03:57)
  3. Stopover At DJibouti (06:34)
  4. The Astounding Eyes Of Rita (08:42)
  5. Al Birwa (04:52)
  6. Galilee Mon Amour (07:17)
  7. Waking State (07:49)
  8. For No Apparent Reason (06:36)

Duration : 50:30 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2009 | Size : 129 mb

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