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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PI Recordings
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Williams on October 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The songs on this album are based on ruhiyya from the maqam music of Iraq. In layman's terms, the ruhiyya are traditional melodies which are typically played with improvisation. Amir ElSaffar has crafted an album where he takes some traditional melodies, teamed up with a stellar group of young jazz musicians and improvised over the top to create a fascinating album. The end result is a middle eastern jazz album with a touch of the avante garde or atonal/chromotic influence. Amir is joined by Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto sax, Zafer Tawil on violin, oud, dumbek, Tareq Abboushi buzuq, frame drums, Carlo Rosa bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums. The album is good from start to finish and has both great muscianship & jazz context and authentic middle eastern feel.

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Shatt al-Arab (Maqam Hadidi) - This track opens with a haunting bass line and drums. Quickly the bass line is doubled up with the oud and Amir's trumpet enters. There is great oud playing throughout, along with a wonderful middle eastern mood.

Awj Intro - A beautiful trumpet mood piece. Very noirish, nightime mood.

Hemayoun - A very catchy melody... sort of a swinging avantage 60s sound with great trumpet and oud, and some blistering solos by saxman, Rudresh Mahnthappa.

A wonderful debut by a great trumpet player. I heard him play recently. He seems to have embraced an even more avante garde style. It will be interesting to hear what comes next. Anyone who is a fan of both middle eastern music and jazz, should rush out and pick this one up.
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