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Arabian Waltz

Rabih Abou-KhalilAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: June 18, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B000005CC1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Arabian Waltz
2. Dreams Of A Dying City
3. Ornette Never Sleeps
4. Georgina
5. No Visa
6. The Pain After

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensual Is An Understatement! June 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This would be readily included among my "desert island" discs. Some of Rabih Abou-Khalil's work has steered uncomfortably close to the cocktail lounge, but this set is a work of genius.
While the title track is awash with exciting tempo changes & vigor, "Dreams Of A Dying City" is incredibly sensual and steamily meandering. Definitely one of the most gorgeous compositions that I have ever heard. "Ornette Never Sleeps" is slightly more jazzy, yet still retains the pronounced Arabic feel of the rest of the disc.
"Georgina" has a starkly beautiful opening statement from the oud and some virtuoso playing from The Balanescu Quartet. The chamber orchestra feel during the beginning of the piece evaporates, leaving an incredibly sensual solo from the oud in its place.

"No Visa" has a more "refined" sound, but the dark beauty remains. The orchestral "swoops" accent the Arabic flavor. "The Pain After" is the only chamber piece I can think of that uses a tuba in a bewitching way. As with all of these pieces, this composition is haunting in its dark beauty. This disc is apparently out of print, which is a travesty. If you can find it, I heartily recommend that you get it & experience the beauty for yourself!
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With each album Lebanese expatriate Rabih Abou-Khalil employs a different ensemble and experiments with diffect effects. On "Arabian Waltz" Abou-Khalil brings aboard a classical string quartet (two violins, viola, cello) led by Roumanian Alexander Balenescu. Abou-Khalil plays his usual oud (Mideastern lute) and is joined by a surprisingly effective tuba-player and his usual Mideastern/Indian percussion. The mixture is graceful, powerful and novel. This is my favorite of the five Abou-Khalil albums I own and I would recommend it to anyone interested in jazz, classical or world music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Be More Inspired May 28, 2013
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Abou-Khalil imbues jazz with the mystique of the mid-East. On this album, he teams up with the renown Romanian violinist, Alexander Balanescu, and the members of his quartet, who add a classical dimension to the sound. The match could not be more inspired.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classical music from a teenagers point of view February 20, 2006
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The first time I heard Arabian Waltz was at 4:00 in the morning on NPR, and I fell in love with it. This Mideastern / clasical music is powerful and has an amazing charm. It is not at all like the Pink Floyd or Metalica that I normaly listen to, but I have fallen in love with it.

Rabih Abou-Khalil ROCKS MY WORLD!!!
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