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Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
On this outstanding 1993 recording, oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil brought together the famed ney or flute player Selim Kusur, percussionist Nabil Khaiat, Indian drummer Ramesh Shotham, and American bassist Glen Moore for a ghos... more »
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On this outstanding 1993 recording, oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil brought together the famed ney or flute player Selim Kusur, percussionist Nabil Khaiat, Indian drummer Ramesh Shotham, and American bassist Glen Moore for a ghostly exercise in experimental Arabic music. Abou-Khalil, long known for his great improvisations on an ancient art form, delves into the free arena jazz provides, playing off his experienced accompanists with verve and a careful, focused attention. The result is music rooted in the Arabic world, rich with desert tones and jingling percussion, but one that dances in darkly hypnotic musical jams. "Awakening" spotlights Khaiat and Shotham on South Indian and frame drums, tambourine, and percussion during long, flittering solos of thick, overlying cadences while Abou-Khalil's oud deftly bounces along. Selim Kusur's flute conjures the vast spiritual expanses of a nighttime desert on "Haneen Wa Hanaan" before "Lost Centuries" brings a sensual urgency to time passed. The bright "Arabian Waltz" closes out the collection briskly, reminding us why the album's namesake, Tarab, translates to a "stirring of the soul." --Karen K. Hugg
Oud Innovator At His Best
Douglas | 01/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my favourite of Rabih Abou-Khalil's albums. Virtuoso playing, driving arrangements, a great mix of Middle Eastern melodies and jazz improvisation... it has it all. Highly recommended."
MUST HAVE! GRAB THIS NOW!
Douglas | New York | 01/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is Rabih Abou-Khalils most traditional recording. The combination of the Turkish ney played by Selim Kusur, the bass, frame drums, southern indian percussion and the haunting sound of the Oud rolls throughout the recording like a river. I cannot stress how beautifully the instruments are played on this album. Abou-Khalil plays with the intensity of a Rock guitarist at times and the percussion frames this passionate music perfectly. I highly recommend this to anyone who is into Middle Eastern music of any type. If you can find a copy of two of his other albums, "Blue Camel" and "Al Jadida" GRAB THEM!"