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Anouar Brahem
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Anouar Brahem
Title: Barzakh
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 4/11/2000
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Middle East, Arabic, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Dixieland
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 042284754026, 781182143227, 0042284754026, 042284754019

CD Reviews

Larry L. Looney | Austin, Texas USA | 01/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me state from the beginning that anything you're fortunate to find by Anouar Brahem is going to be excellent. This man is one of the most talented, consistently tasteful musicians around. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, but his main instrument is the oud - the lute of the Arabic music world - and that's what he plays on this recording, accompanied simply and beautifully by Bechir Selmi on violin and Lassad Hosni on percussion. All of the compositions here - based on traditional Arabic music forms - are by Brahem, except for `Barzakh' (composed by Brahem and Selmi); and `Souga' and `Bou Naouara' (composed by Hosni).There are slow, moderate, and fast-paced pieces here - most are relatively short, with a couple of moderately long pieces and one lengthy one. The musical ideas and themes are developed intelligently, with grace and incredible beauty - and none of the faster-paced passages give the feeling that the players are utilizing the tempo simply to impress the listener. They allow the music to take them where it will, with no unnecessary side trips or embellishments - but even with the sparse instrumentation (or perhaps because of it), each piece is full and complete.ECM has a long-standing reputation for releasing music that refuses to be rammed into the corner of a single genre - BARZAKH is an outstanding example of that freedom of thought. This is a recording that can be appreciated by almost anyone - fans of world/ethnic music (for obvious reasons); jazz (taqsim is the Arabic term for improvisation around an established theme, an important aspect of these pieces); and classical (for the Arabic classical elements in this music are strong). The recording quality, as in every ECM release I've ever heard, is exceptional and `trick'-free, presenting the music to the listener with as few barriers as possible.This is a truly outstanding recording - and one of my favorites of any genre."
Stunning album and artist
Matthieu P. Raillard | Portland, OR USA | 02/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anouar Brahem and his Oud continue to make wonderfully emotive music of great depth. At times pensive and melancholy, at others upbeat, he achieves something in music that is ineffable and all too rare. I highly recommend ANYTHING by him, but I prefer this album, with "Le conte de l'incroyable amour" in second place.If you are a fan of ethnic music or of string instruments in general, you would do well to check this out. Lute and Guitar players alike stand to learn a lot from Brahem."
Want listen to best meditranean music?
Matthieu P. Raillard | 08/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this CD, we discover a great inspired composer. The base of the music is arabic but it's opened to all kind of other musics, specially the Meditranean ones. The violonist is one of the best in the arabic world. Listen to 2nd track, and the 8th you'll understand what deep is this music."