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Dhafer Youssef Ensemble - 1996 - Mousafer ظافر يوسف مسافر

Musicians:

  • Dhafer Youssef oud, voice
  • Anton Burger violin
  • Achim Tang double bass
  • Jatinder Thakur tabla
  • guest: Otto Lechner accordion

TrackList:

  1. Baraca (06:20)
  2. El Houb El Hindi (09:22)
  3. Am Naschmarkt (05:11)

Duration : 20:53 | Bitarte : 350 kBit/s | Year : 1996 | Size : 42 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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Nguyen Le duos with Paolo Fresu, Dhafer Youssef - 2006 - Homescape

Where does jazz stop and world music start? The boundaries are getting more blurred by the minute. We’re all postmodernists now, and many musicians under fifty reflect a range of influences beyond those traditionally associated with their own core style. Some, like French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, are so polyglot as to be practically beyond category.

Le started out down the cultural miscenegation road with his first band, the multi-ethnic Ultramarine, whose 1989 album, De, was named World Music Album of the Year by the radical French newspaper Liberation. He’s continued to mix it up ever since—prominent genre-benders he’s worked with include Miroslav Vitous, Trilok Gurtu, David Liebman, Paul McCandless, Peter Erskine and Mino Cinelu. In the late 1990s Le became increasingly interested in Maghrebi music, working with Algerian singers Safy Boutella and Cheb Mami, and in 1998 he brought Maghrebi and Vietnamese musicians together on the album Maghrebi & Friends.

None of this, however, can prepare you for the galaxy of sound sources on Homescape, a series of alternating duets with Sardinian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and Tunisian oud player Dhafer Youssef. Some of these sources are developed and explored, others are referred to only in passing, and they include—but aren’t limited to—post-Hendrix rock, Milesian harmon-mute free improv, Maghrebi trance music, Ellingtonia, ambient, a Papua New Guinea vocal choir (sampled and replayed backwards), Delta blues, Vietnamese folk tunes, flamenco, Iranian modes, a Sardinian choir, Australian aboriginal ritual music, French chanson, Gregorian chant, and Indonesian gamelan/gong music.

Guitars, trumpet/flugelhorn and oud aside, the music is generated by loops, samples and overdubs, and the entire heavily post-produced album was recorded and mixed in Le’s Paris apartment – since 2003, his friends and neighbours Fresu and Youssef have been dropping by to home-record. The duets with Fresu are typically in free-improv mode (the exception being Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn’s lovely “Chelsea Bridge”), while the Youssef duets tend to be song or structure-based.

In the main sunny and joyful, though not without some darker and more abrasive moments, the fifteen tracks—average length three minutes, a handful six or seven—resemble a series of round-the-world postcards sent by Le, who mixed and post-produced everything solo, to his collaborators. As a soundtrack to an evening communing with the big bamboo, the exotic and the very exotic drifting in and out of the mix, it’s rich, colourful and beguiling.

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Nguyen Le duos with Paolo Fresu, Dhafer Youssef - 2006 - Homescape

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.[1] 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.
http://www.paolofresu.it/

Nguyên Lê (b. Paris, France, 14 January 1959) is a French jazz musician and composer of Vietnamese ancestry. His main instrument is guitar, and he also plays electric bass guitar and guitar synthesizer.
He has released numerous albums, both as a leader and as a sideman. His 1996 album Tales from Viêt-Nam blends jazz and traditional Vietnamese music. Nguyên Lê has performed with Randy Brecker, Vince Mendoza, Eric Vloeimans, Carla Bley, Michel Portal, and Dhafer Youssef.
http://www.nguyen-le.com/

Dhafer Youssef (born 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia) is a composer, vocalist, and oud player. He has been living and working in various European countries since 1990. During this time he had the opportunity to perform his music on stages in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and other countries as well as his native Tunisia (where he started singing in the Islamic tradition  at age 5 ).
http://www.dhaferyoussef.com/

Nguyen Le – electric, acoustic, fretless, synthesizer, e-bow, Vietnamese guitars, computer programming & electronics.
Paolo Fresu – trumpet, fluegelhorn & electronics.
Dhafer Youssef – oud, vocals & electronics.

Track List:
1 –  Stranieri
(Paolo Fresu / Nguyên Lê) (06:00)
2 –  Byzance (Dhafer Youssef / Nguyên Lê) (04:25)
3 –  Muqqam (Dhafer Youssef) (02:44)
4 –  Mali Iwa (Nguyên Lê) (06:27)
5 –  Zafaran (Dhafer Youssef / Nguyen Le) (06:02)
6 –  Domus de Janas (Paolo Fresu / Nguyên Lê) (02:18)
7 – Kithara (Dhafer Youssef) (02:18)
8 –  Chelsea Bridge (Billy Strayhorn) (03:00)
9 –  Safina (Dhafer Youssef / Nguyên Lê) (03:27)
10 –  Des Pres (Paolo Fresu / Nguyên Lê) (02:19)
11 –  Thang Long (Nguyên Lê) (05:33)
12 –  Neon (Paolo Fresu / Nguyên Lê) (03:12)
13 –  Mangustao (Dominique Borker) (07:26)
14 –  Lacrima Christi (Paolo Fresu / Nguyên Lê) (03:14)
15 –  Beyti (Dhafer Youssef / Nguyên Lê) (02:53)

Duration : 61:19 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size : 144 mb

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Omara Portuondo – 2004 – Flor De Amor

   Posted by: Ninorta    in Cuba, Jazz, Latin, Omara Portuondo

Omara Portuondo - 2004 - Flor De Amor

Omara Portuondo Peláez (b. Havana, 29 October 1930) is a Cuban singer and dancer whose career has spanned over half a century. She was one of the original members of the Cuarteto d’Aida, and returned to perform with The Buena Vista Social Club ensemble.

Omara Portuondo

BBC Review:

Omara Portuondo made her solo debut for World Circuit in 2000, three years after her show-stealing cameo with Compay Segundo singing ‘Veinte Años’ on the block-busting Buena Vista Social Club album.
Her solo career actually dates back to 1959 and she’s done numerous records, but only World Circuit have given The ‘Buena Vista sista’ the red carpet treatment and lush settings she really deserves.

Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuondo found her in the very capable hands of musical director Demetrio Muñiz and was a tough act to follow. This time around, World Circuit founder and producer Nick Gold has chosen to work with Muñiz again as well as Brazilian producer Alê Siquiera, known for his work with Carlinhos Brown and Caetano Veloso. Once more, the songs are mostly vintage pieces from the Great Cuban Songbook.

The closing ‘Casa Calor’ is a strangely stirring retro-futurist offering by Brown, which sounds almost like it might have fallen off the track-listing from last year’s wonderful joint album by Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán. The former Los Zafiros guitarist maintains an uncharacteristically discreet presence on rhythm guitar throughout much of ‘Flor de Amor’, even though both ‘Hermosa Habana’ and ‘He venido a decirte’ (one of Omara’s finest vocals) were originally performed by Los Zafiros.

It’s the guitars and their relations that really shine, most notably in the solo by Brazilian player Swami Jr. on the upbeat ‘Mueve la cintura mulato’. There’s a touch of laoud from Barbaríto Torres, and plenty of subtle licks from Irakere’s electric guitarists Carlos Emilio and Jorge Chicoy.

Lastly, tres player Papi Oviedo, (who’s been an entertaining live sidekick for the singer in recent years) backs her alone, and very tastefully, on ‘Amorosa Guajira’. It’s a sharp contrast with the sweeping strings and cooing backing vocals that feature in most of the other lush arrangements, along with plenty of demurely noodling clarinet by Javier Zalba.

Though she’s capable of Shirley Bassey-style belters, the focus is on the more intimate aspect of Omara’s work, with danzones, boleros, and guajiras dominating the fourteen tracks.

Maybe it’s the lack of duets, the absence of the late great Rubén González, the material or its sequencing, but somehow, gorgeous as it is, ‘Flor de Amor’ isn’t quite as memorable as its predecessor. That said, this is still one of the finest Cuban albums you’ll hear this year.

Jack Smith (2004-03-25)

Track List:
1  –  Tabu (04:20)
2  –  Amor De Mis Amores (03:24)
3  –  Alma De Roca (03:35)
4  –  Mueve La Cintura Mulato (03:35)
5  –  Junto A Un Canaveral (03:30)
6  –  Hermosa Habana (03:48)
7  –  El Madrugador (03:33)
8  –  Amorosa Guajira (02:24)
9  –  Habanera Ven (03:28)
10 –  Si Llego A Besarte (03:19)
11 –  Flor De Amor (03:06)
12 –  Juramento (03:23)
13 –  He Venido A Decirte (03:49)
14 –  Casa Calor (04:08)

Duration : 49:22 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2004 | Size : 115 mb

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Anna Maria Jopek - 2008 - Jo & Co

Anna Maria Jopek is as Polish as one can be – not only with her gentle beauty, but first of all with her music, coming straight from the heart. Yet her latest project features a bunch of true giants from around the world. The Brazilian bossa nova genius Oscar Castro Neves meets serene ECM recording pianist from Norway Tord Gustavsen. An exotic voice of Tunesian oud virtuoso and vocalist Dhafer Youssef blends with brave and adventurous notes of Branford Marsalis’ soprano saxophone. Richard Bona‘s trademak Douala vocals and bass lines coexist with sensual French singing by percussion wizard Mino Cinelu. Manu Katche and Christian Mc Bride provide powerful grooves… yet then there is this amazing, sophisticated vocal (in fact – about a zillion of them so carefully layered!) by Anna Maria that makes it all work. That makes this dialogue of such different cultures not only possible, but fascinating to observe. That makes this music unique, one of the kind. Personal.
‘All these people have been my inspiration for the last decade – Anna Maria says humbly. It’s an amazing experience to have finally met them, to exchange energies and ideas, to learn from them and – hopefully – to create some original music with them in mind. I am Polish. I come from the vast meadows of central Poland, I’ve been brought up with its musical traditions, but it does not make my ID complete. Especially now, with the world getting so much smaller every single day. I truly believe that the new music might emerge from coexistance of so many so different voices, influences, traditions, religions. By far – this is the most important work I’ve ever done.’
In Poland ID went Platinum in just two weeks. The triumphant tour, featuring Dhafer Youssef, Mino Cinelu and Richard Bona followed with sold out venues and standing ovations. Parts of these events eventually turned into an adventurous live album in the fall of 2008, entitled Jo & Co. It went Gold on the spot. It was not, however, her first experience with the world-class masters and musical heroes. She’s been known for probably the most influential and groundbreaking project in Polish popular music.

Anna Mari Jopek

http://www.annamariajopek.pl/

http://www.dhaferyoussef.com/

http://www.minocinelu.com

http://www.bonatology.com/

TrackList:

1 – Cisza Na Skronie, Na Powieki Slonce (02:45)
2 – Sprobuj Mowic Kocham (06:49)
3 – Moun Madinina (05:00)
4 – Aya 1984 (Dhafer Youssef) (10:00)
5 – Tengoku (03:26)
6 – Confians (04:37)
7 – Tea In The Sahara (08:45)
8 – Zrob Co Mozesz (07:02)
9 – Diana Lam (05:45)
10 – Teraz I Tu (07:01)
11 – Dwa Serduszka, Cztery Oczy (07:23)

Duration: 68:26 | Bitrate: 192 kBit/s | Year: 2008 | Size: 101 mb

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