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Karim Baggili - 2013 - Kali City

Belgian, of Jordanian – Yugoslavian origin, Karim Baggili, born in 1976 is a young self-taught guitarist, ud player and composer. Starting with the electric guitar at the age of 16, his performance continued to develop while working with different techniques of flamenco guitar and the Arabian Oud which he acquired from Jordan.

In 2000, Karim won the first prize at the “Open String Festival” in Osnabrück, Germany.

Since then, he participated in many groups such as Dazibao, Turdus Philomelos, Nathalie Loriers, Traces and has worked on many projects as composer and arranger for several albums, documentaries and short films.

Karim has also diversified his musical taste with the creation of Aton Lua, his world rock music project where he sings in several languages and plays different personalities on stage.

After his two recent albums, Douar and Cuatro con Cuatro issued by homerecords.be, Karim is releasing his fourth album “Lea & Kash”, which blends together worldly compositions in novel techniques.

TrackList:

  1. Down Town (04:58)
  2. Ella & Jad (05:32)
  3. Dawn At Sea (01:00)
  4. Big Fish (04:30)
  5. Silent Stories (04:35)
  6. Fly To (01:13)
  7. Kali City (04:46)
  8. Toummai (03:19)
  9. Arabic Circus (04:54)
  10. Kalimaat (03:14)
  11. Nuit Obelaetis (05:30)
  12. La Tinsini (02:56)
  13. Amar (04:11)

Duration : 50:35 | Bitrate : 320 Kbit/s | Year : 2013 | Size : 160 mb

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Youmna Saba - 2008 - Min Aafesh el Beit يمنى سابا – من عفش البيت

Youmna Saba is a mature siren of lilting melodies. Pairing her visceral command of acoustic and melancholy vocals with traditional Arabic stringed oud and luscious maqam singing style, Youmna experiments with unconventional prepared techniques and the use of non-musical objects in her recordings.

While in Beirut to pursue graphic design, Youmna made her performance debut one fateful evening at a friend’s art show. This informal, fortuitous invitation revealed her budding musical talent and catapulted Youmna’s career in a new direction. She soon circled back to the world of education to build a classical Arab repertoire of the 19th and 20th century. In just a few short years, the singer-songwriter has stepped into her own, enraptured by the rich music of her lineage. She has released two EPs of her own stunning material.

For Youmna, songwriting has become like a diary, an unconscious natural extension of daily life. Her elaborate knowledge of ancient music traditions, pensive emotionality, and delicate pop sensibilities make her music both intoxicating and sympathetic.

youmna saba يمنى سابا

http://youmnasaba.wordpress.com

TrackList:

  1. Ghanniyet El Jarra (غنيّة الجرّة (02:12
  2. Ana Natra (أنا ناطرة (05:41
  3. Fala Tahremni (فلا تحرمني (03:28
  4. El hal (الحلّ (03:27
  5. Ismak (اسمَك (02:41
  6. Marra (مرّة (01:35

Duration : 19:04 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2008 | Size : 44 mb

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Ralph Towner - Paolo Fresu - 2009 - Chiaroscuro

Since moving to Italy over a decade ago, guitarist/pianist Ralph Towner’s output as a leader has been woefully infrequent, with only two discs released this decade—2001’s Anthem and 2006’s Time Line, both on the label that’s been his home for over 35 years, ECM. It’s not that he hasn’t been busy; he continues to work and record regularly with Oregon, the group that he co-founded nearly 40 years ago, heard most recently on the Grammy Award-nominated 1000 Kilometers (Cam Jazz, 2007), and on From a Dream (Material, 2009), in a stellar guitar trio with Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan.

If his solo albums are too few and far between, even scarcer are Towner-led albums in collaboration with others—his last one over a decade ago, the sublime A Closer View (ECM, 1998), in duet with bassist Gary Peacock. All of which makes Chiaroscuro a cause for celebration. It’s always a good time for a new Towner record; but here, in duet with rising Italian trumpet star Paolo Fresu, Towner delivers a welcome set of largely original material—some new, some revisited—one standard and a couple of brief but compositionally focused in-the-moment creations.

As has been the case for the last 15 years, Towner focuses strictly on guitar, but this time adds baritone guitar to his arsenal of classical and 12-string acoustic guitars. The lower register instrument is featured on “Sacred Ground,” a majestic solo piece that, with a brief reprise in duet with Fresu, bookends three tunes demonstrative of Towner’s range. He’s covered Miles Davis/Bill Evans’ classic “Blue in Green” before, with vibraphonist Gary Burton on Slide Show (ECM, 1986); here it’s an even freer interpretation, as Towner (on classical guitar) liberally stretches and compresses time while Fresu’s muted trumpet is as spare as the late trumpet icon’s, but with a lithe playfulness that’s all his own.

Doubled Up” is a new Towner composition, his baritone guitar creating an even richer landscape. His distinctive voicings—and a unique ability to be both implicit and direct with time, accompaniment, and counterpoint—support and interact deeply with Fresu’s muted horn. The guitarist’s ability to alternate between upper and lower registers, with passing chords suggestive of greater movement, creates an orchestral breadth that’s deceptive and remarkable for an instrument with only six strings.

Zephyr,” first recorded with Oregon on Ecotopia (ECM, 1987), demonstrates how Towner can deconstruct music written as a solo vehicle into a multi-part arrangement, this time delegating the lyrical melody to Fresu, who sounds not unlike another trumpeter with whom the guitarist has collaborated, Kenny Wheeler on Old Friends, New Friends (ECM, 1979).

Towner’s distinctively pianistic 12-string guitar is rarely used these days, making the dark improvisations that close the disc, “Two Miniatures” and “Postlude,” all the more welcome. Towner may collaborate rarely, but his choices in partners have always been beyond astute, and with the intimate Chiaroscuro he introduces a new partner who, hopefully, will remain an active one on future recordings.

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Paolo Fresu

Paolo Fresu (born February 10, 1961) is a trumpet and flugelhorn jazz player, as well as an arranger of music, and music composer. Fresu was born in Berchidda, Sardinia. He picked up the trumpet at the age of 11, and played in the band Bernardo de Muro in his home town Berchidda .  Fresu graduated from the Conservatory of Cagliari in 1984, in trumpet studies under Enzo Morandini, and attended the University of Musical and performing arts in Bologna

Fresu currently teaches at the Siena Jazz National Seminars, as well as jazz university courses in Terni, and is the director of Nuoro Jazz Seminars in Nuoro, Italy.

http://www.paolofresu.it/

Ralph Towner

Ralph Towner (b. Chehalis, Washington, March 1, 1940) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and bandleader. He plays the twelve-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion and trumpet.

http://www.ralphtowner.com/

Musicians:

  • Ralph Towner: classical, 12-string and baritone guitars;
  • Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn.

Track List:

  1. Wistful Thinking (04:20)
  2. Punta Giara (06:21)
  3. Chiaroscuro (06:31)
  4. Sacred Place (04:13)
  5. Blue In Green (05:45)
  6. Doubled Up (04:56)
  7. Zephyr (07:29)
  8. Sacred Place (reprise) (01:59)
  9. Two Miniatures (02:39)
  10. Postlude (02:31)

Duration : 46:43 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2009 | Size : 116 mb

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Dhafer Youssef & Wolfgang Muthspiel - 2007 - GLOW

Although it’s a dual-leader album, in which oud player Dhafer Youssef‘s performance is at least as important as that of guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, one of Glow’s chief causes for celebration is Muthspiel’s on-form presence. After releasing the shimmeringly beautiful Bright Side (Material Records, 2006)—a little-known masterpiece which may yet take its place alongside such jazz guitar iconographs as Johnny Smith’s Moonlight In Vermont (Roulette, 1953, reissued 2004) and Wes Montgomery’s Incredible Jazz Guitar (Riverside, 1960)—Muthspiel’s project with drummer Brian Blade, Friendly Travelers (Material Records, 2007), was a disappointment, interesting in conception but not entirely convincing in execution.

Glow finds Muthspiel back in immaculate form as both guitarist and producer (significantly, the Blade album was a co-production while the Youssef is solely produced by Muthspiel). The disc reunites the Tunisian oud player and Austrian guitarist after a gap of six years following Muthspiel’s playing and composing collaboration on Youssef’s Electric Sufi (Enja, 2001). The album, Youssef’s breakthrough, was a thrilling, perfectly realized collision of traditional Maghrebi music, European jazz and a lively slab of dirty, visceral rock.

Wolfgang Muthspiel Dhafer Youssef ظافر يوسف

Glow inhabits similar territory, but with a broader, and perhaps deeper, emotional range. In large part this is down to Youssef’s singing, which Muthspiel, as producer, has coaxed to new expressive peaks. At times Youssef’s voice achieves the ecstatic intensity of the late Pakistani qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, at others it suggests the winsome vulnerability of the late electric troubadour Jeff Buckley. He sounds by turns beatific and scary, caressing and chilling, alternating lustrous tenor passages with tortured, almost weeping, falsetto. It’s an extraordinary performance.

Extraordinary, too, is the instrumental content and, again, comparisons with Electric Sufi are pertinent. The earlier album was recorded by a nine-piece, the new one by a quintet. The smaller line-up retains a trumpeter, with Tom Harrell replacing Markus Stockhausen, but makes more of the interaction between Youssef and Muthspiel. Both have an exquisite gift for melody, and an understanding of the power of silence, and both place every note with precision. It’s a commonplace to say such and such a musician “makes every note count,” but Muthspiel, in particular, really does.

Glow uses electronic wizardry with a lighter touch than its predecessor, though textural post-production continues to be a feature of Muthspiel’s work. Alegre Correa replaces drummers Mino Cinelu and Will Calhoun, and works in intimate partnership with the young bassist Matthias Pichler (who debuted so brilliantly on Bright Side).

Some music has the ability to condense time, a smaller proportion stretches it. Glow, its every bar a micro-world of eventful creation, is amongst the latter.

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Musicians:
Dhafer Youssef: voice, oud.
Wolfgang Muthspiel
: guitars, violin, programming.
Fender Rhodes
piano.
Tom Harrell: trumpet, flugelhorn.
Matthias Pichler: bass.
Alegre Correa
: drums, percussion.
Rebekka Bakken
: voice (9).

Track List:
1 – Mon Parfum (02:58)
2 – Babylon (06:00)
3 – Sand Dance (04:47)
4 – Mein Versprechen (06:55)
5 – Etude #3 (05:06)
6 – Lamento (03:31)
7 – Maya (05:10)
8 – Emmerich (05:34)
9 – Cosmology (06:01)
10 – Rhapsodie (03:34)

Duration: 49:36 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2007 | Size: 118 mb

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Apr

Luay Rifai – 2009 – Vital

   Posted by: Ninorta    in Instrumental, Luay Rifai, Syria

Luay Rifai - 2009 - Vital

Born in the world’s oldest capital city of Damascus – Syria on August 13th 1982, Luay Rifai’s self-taught approach to the instrument of electric guitar, revealed high dexterity in original and cunning playing, bringing together his diverse passionate melodic licks and rhythms along with remarkable over the top shred-ability, emerging him as an outstanding upmost instrumental rock guitar virtuoso. Throughout the years, Luay Rifai has been part of numerous genre-specific online communities, participating in various collaboration projects with independent musicians around the globe.
Being a medical doctor further contributed his mind-set and very detail-oriented demeanor of always willing to go the extra mile to get the perfect take & feel he’s looking for. Coordinating both, music & medicine, reflects his well-rounded personality, as he thrives to establish where those two worlds collide.

Luay Rifai لؤي رفاعي

New album release is due (March 6th 2009); “Vital” is a concept album in the style of instrumental rock guitar, the album includes the track “Vital”; 36 min long concept instrumental piece split into 7 tracks, in addition to 5 stand-alone tracks.

The concept revolves around the miracle of being alive. A truly pulsating and dynamic, vibrant entity that is full of life, breathing, beating, with vivacious energy.
The dialogue is on how merely having organic material as it is will not be sufficient to manifest life, it requires something very “Vital” which is the non-organic “essence” or soul that runs through to connect all the different portions essential for the persistence of life. It’s the search between body & soul.
The musical counterpart to the concept is interpreted as the song being divided into several movements, each representing a fundamental element of a living entity. In addition to the “essence of living” which is signified by the main theme; a melodic run played in different modes, recurring in each separate component of the entire instrumental. Without the essence, every other part is only organic and devoid of life. Yet still, if it isn’t for each of the single organic constituents in every section, this very essence of living will also be lost.
The essence of living is thriving to unite with the body throughout the whole track; it emerges frequently as the melodic theme in various shapes in attempts to join different organs together. Although tough at first with seemingly distant parallel alignment, by the finale they form one in harmony, denoting in totality the vital existence of the miracle of living.

http://www.luay-rifai.com/

Track List:
1 –  Vital I-Nucleus (04:14)
2 –  Vital II-Circulation (06:05)
3 –  Vital III-Pulse (04:24)
4 –  Vital IV-Intelligence (08:06)
5 –  Vital Vl-Breath (02:50)
6 –  Vital VI-Sentiment (04:48)
7 –  Vital VII-Essence (05:32)
8 –  Faithful Spirits (05:02)
9 –  Prelude For Glenn Gould (05:32)
10 –  Voodoo Frenzy (05:03)
11 –  Bloodshed (04:20)
12 –  Of Cold Dreams and A Mirror (10:27)

Duration: 68:20 | Bitrate: 320 kBit/s | Year: 2009 | Size: 166 mb

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