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Amir Elsaffar Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PI Recordings
  • ASIN: B005LY476S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Inana is the follow-up to trumpeter Amir ElSaffar s
critically acclaimed 2007 release Two Rivers,
which All Music Guide called as impressive a
debut as we ve had in America in the 21st century.
In the four years since that release, ElSaffar s
compositional voice and palette have only
advanced. While Two Rivers was about combining
elements found in Iraqi music with the rhythms
and aesthetics of modern jazz, Inana expands on
that concept to include a microtonal harmonic and
melodic language that combines the pitch-flexibility
of Middle Eastern modality with the modulating
melodic sensibilities of modern jazz.


It s hard to hear any Iraqi music today and rare
to get a glimpse into the country s incredibly rich
cultural history. Two Rivers provides that, and it s
also a great modern jazz album. --Pitchfork

Ambitious and deftly executed. --Boston Globe, Best CDs of 2007

A staggering accomplishment that subtly erases
the lines between his two chosen disciplines ...
while plenty of horn players have tapped into
Middle Eastern modalities since John Coltrane
became fascinated with Eastern sounds in the late
60s, it s rare to hear it done with such conviction
and authority. --Chicago Reader

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album August 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Love this album. Amir El Saffar is quickly rising as one of the people to watch as jazz continues to develop and this album, along with his others (particular Two Rivers) makes clear why. However, I personally think Ole Matthiesen's tenor sax steals the show on this album. I admit I had not heard of him until this album but Ole's sax shows yet a further development in saxophone tone. Overall the album is a fascinating melding of more traditional Middle Eastern music with jazz, particularly avant garde. There is just the slightest tinge of a sound similar to Ornette Coleman's original quartet. Highly recommend.
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