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Alif: Love Supreme

Omar Faruk TekbilekAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK is now one of the most sought-after musicians in the world, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage.

Omar Faruk was a child prodigy, born in Adana, Turkey to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical ... Read more in Amazon's Omar Faruk Tekbilek Store

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B000060NUS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dulger
2. Gardener
3. Laundry Girl
4. Dark Eyes
5. Shinanay
6. Don't Cry My Love
7. Alif
8. Dadash
9. Take A Flight
10. Ya Bouy
11. Lachin
12. Forbidden Love

Editorial Reviews

Music has been called the international language, and for good reason. Even when disparate genres or styles seem to have no relation, we can still make connections between them. On Alif: Love Supreme, multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek, producer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Shehan, and an international cast of musicians--including a Spanish guitarist and singers from Persia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Israel--present traditional and contemporary renditions of songs from the Mediterranean. Whether they are performing a medley of Sufi songs from Turkey, a love song from Azerbaijan, or a modern version of a popular Israeli song, the compositions' cross-cultural roots are apparent. Much of this music covers familiar ground, but there are some intriguing tracks. The chosen selections on Alif are ultimately a mixed bag, but at least this collective is striving to create its own universal language. --Bryan Reesman

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Eastern Music Without Borders June 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Turkish master Omar Faruk Tekbilek (with Steve Shahen and a host of talented musicians from Iran, Greece, Israel, Bulgaria, Spain and Turkey) really goes beyond limitations here, creating some of the most beautiful, ephemeral music I have ever heard. Despite the obvious Turkish influences, this music incorporates a wide range of styles from across the Middle East; Anatolian folk, Rromani (Gypsy), Greek, Bulgarian, Sufi, Egyptian, Azeri and classical influences can all be felt here, amongst others. Spanish guitar mixes with the Turkish ney. Its so amazing. This really is pan-Middle Eastern music, worthy of the name "Alif". It represents the whole of Middle/Near Eastern culture. Mere words alone cannot describe the beauty and elegence of this music. From the very beginning, "Dulger" calls to mind images from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and you will be moved by songs like "Laundry Girl" and "Dark Eyes". "Alif", the title track, is absolutely haunting, and "Dadash" is simply filled with splendor and wonder. And from there it goes to the lively and exotic "Ya Bouy". If you appreciate Middle Eastern or Mediterranean music, then there isn't a single song on this CD that will disappoint you. A note on the songs, by the way, is that they come from various sources. "Dulger" and "Alif" were originally Sufi devotional pieces, "Take a Flight" and "Forbidden Love" are contemporary arrangements in traditional styles, "Ya Bouy" was composed by the legendary Farid al-Atrache, "Don't Cry My Love" and "Lachin" are both based off folk songs, and "Dadash" is a medley of Anatolian styles. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Tasteful Fusion of Styles July 6, 2002
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Tekbelek performed here in Boulder. I had not heard his work and was immediately taken by it. I lived in Istanbul for a year in the late 60's and developed a lifelong taste for Turkish and other Islamic musics, stretching out to world traditionaol styles in general. I have hundreds of recordings of mostly traditional styles from around the world, and many form Turkey.
I find that Alif is probably the closest to what I heard in the concert. It is NOT entirely traditional in arrangement. However, what one reviewer described as "murky" synthesizer I hear as a remarkable fusion of Western harmonic concepts and Turkish/Islamic makam modal theory and practice, and I think it works gloriously. This is the most mesmerizing of his recordings. If you want strictly traditional arrangements with exclusively traditional acoustic instruments, don't buy this. If you want a bold yet enchanting fusion of synth harmonies and beautifully played traditional instruments, this is wonderful. I usually dislike synth washes over traditional musics, it is so tacky almost all the time, but not this time, not to my ear. Truly glorious.
And the vocals are stunning, not just Tekbelek's but a host of female singers who join him individually. His instrumental work remains impeccable as does that of his group, including the fine percussion work of Shehan. Listen to the samples...they will tell you what you need to know about the role of the synthesizer in the arrangements. Then buy it and be enchanted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully sensual and dreamy.... January 14, 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am not familiar with Tekbilek's earlier work (but soon hope to be), however I can say with certainty that this is one of the best albums I have bought in a long time. It's incredibly sensual and highly emotional-- really touching. A must for fans of Arabic/World music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So much hope... June 20, 2007
By Jessell
Format:Audio CD much disappointment. As a longtime Faruk fan, I was delighted to have an opportunity to hear him play a live concert with a small group of other very talented musicians. I bought this album specifically to have a recording of a tune that was new to me that night, "Gardener," but looked forward to finding several other gems, as has always happened for me with his albums.

Let me say that the first track is lovely - it is the only reason I keep the album. However, I would not have recognized "Gardener" if the track weren't named on the cover. The performance onstage was hauntingly beautiful, subtle, nuanced and traditional, yet vibrantly alive with emotion. The track on this album is none of those things. It is muddied, its emotional content lost, overburdened by too much of nothing that adds to the piece.

And that pretty much sums up my feeling about the album as a whole. World music can be terrific and stimulating. Cross-cultural exploration can be stunning when it reveals new dimensions of traditional music, as some of Faruk's work with Brian Keane has demontrated. But this album feels like someone just threw a bunch of things in a pot, then overprocessed it. I found myself wondering whether "producer and multi-instrumentalist" Steve Shehan understands the concept of "less can be more," a concept Faruk's previous albums and the concert that night displayed masterfully.
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