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Voyage De Sahar

Anouar BrahemAudio CD
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listen  1. Sur Le Fleuve 6:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Le Voyage De Sahar 6:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Aube 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vague / E La Nave Va 6:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Les Jardins De Ziryab 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Nuba 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. La Chambre 5:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Cordoba 5:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Halfaouine 2:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. La Chambre. var. 3:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Zarabanda 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Eté Andalous 7:05Album Only
listen13. Vague. var. 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000E0W2AM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Recreating the ambience that made his 2002 outing, Pas de Chat Noir, so evanescent yet indelibly memorable, Tunisian oud master Brahem continues his by-now-well-established collaboration with François Couturier (piano) and Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion.) The trio's improvisations are miracles of weightless precision; while sounding like nobody else, they also evoke chanting medieval monks, Keith Jarrett's florid keyboard sagas, Parisian bal musette, the long-vanished Moorish kingdom of Granada via 20th-century Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, languid recollections of French impressionist Eric Satie plus dissonant gleanings from Astor Piazzolla's sardonic Argentinean neo-tangos. Despite this complex array of intellectual influences, which permeate the trio's constructions like smoke rings, their works come across as disarmingly simple and unpretentious, a tidily diffuse combination of Arabic modes, European classical disciplines and jazzy intuition. Liberated by sheer inventiveness, the trio's technical skill is so extreme that it has long since ceased to draw attention to itself. Instrumentalists of this caliber are long past needing to impress anyone but themselves. --Christina Roden

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Brahem July 5, 2006
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Anouar Brahem's music is refreshingly original, remarkably intricate, and (perhaps most important) eminently listenable. His music transcends the "world fusion" genre in which his music is most often placed. Ever since borrowing "Astrakan Cafe" from the Chicago Public Library 5 years ago, I've absorbed his music and he's quickly become my favorite musician of all time. Some have described his stuff as "oud chamber music" and that's appropriate, but each song is essentially a jazz piece. Brahem has cited Keith Jarrett as a major influence, and you can hear why... ECM is a fitting label! Brahem has a real gift for melody; as has been said elsewhere, most "world fusion" is jangly, and this stuff is anything BUT that.

To those of you who are familiar with his work already, and are now considering this album, let me assure you: it's worth it. My initial impressions were not that good; this album didn't hit me with any particular glorious strain (except "Halfouine", but of course, that was a major delight of "Astrakan Cafe"). I wondered if a previous reviewer was right when he said Brahem still had gold to mine from the vein he tapped in "Le Pas du Chat Noir". BUT this music is subtle, and when you keep listening and really listen, the rewards come. Yes, this album is very much like "Le Pas du Chat Noir", but it is no lame recycling or collection of "Chat Noir" leftovers. Nope! What you get with this album is an exquisite title track (the piano's solo is lithe and graceful), "L'Aube" is brooding but these still waters run deep, "Nuba" is a playful intermezzo. The next set runs a bit melancholy but really listen to the players meditate in "La Chambre", "Cordoba", "Halfouine", and then "La Chambre, var." All together they make an excellent extended musing.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs MY Opinion April 26, 2006
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... the review above nails it perfectly-- there's little I could possibly add.

That said, I'll give this 4-1/2 stars because: (a) I reserve the full 5 stars only for the absolute best, and Brahem has definitely produced a couple of these during his career; and (b) this recording retreads the ground of this group's earlier outing, "Pas De Chat Noir" somewhat. Then again, if a vein isn't exhausted, why cease mining?

In short, this is great music-- lovely, atmospheric, exquisite, and of a seemingly effortless fluidity.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle yet evocative August 9, 2006
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This disc from Tunisian Anouar Brahem is shore to gain unanimous acclaim just as his 2002 effort Le Pas du Chat Noir has. This trio has been Brahem's most successful through many recordings which have crossed from tradional, jazz and world explorations. French muscians Francois Couturier (piano) and Jean-Louis Martinier (accordion) again accompany Brahem's restrained and masterful oud (Arabic lute). This is an intimate and tender musical exploration mixing Arab-Andalous fusion, jazz, slow tango and stylised French classical music. The three musical instruments work beautifully together with Brahem's oud leading lines of introspection among the delicate whimsy of Martinier's accordion. A reprise from Brahem's 1994 disc Khomsa, Couturier's romantic and cascading piano is a highlight of the Fellini-esque medley Vague/Et la nave va. The yearning and promise of L'Aube and the title tracks haunting resonance are just two moments of real beauty.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It simply is November 25, 2006
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It would be best to think of Brahem as an artist on a jazz label, rather than as a jazz musician; as a worldly musician, rather than one who plays world music. Along the way, he transformed the traditional melodies and styles of his native country into an improvisational music that worked well when played in a jazz context. Brahem invented his own style.

Brahem works here with the two other members of his trio from 2002's Le Pas du Chat Noir, the beautiful and critically lauded album that brought him into greater public consciousness. Jean-Louis Matinier plays accordion and François Couturier is on piano, while Brahem leads the trio on his oud, an eleven-stringed Arabic cousin of the European lute. Matinier's playing, unsurprisingly, most often echoes the sounds of either France or Argentina, although the versatility of his technique is astounding, and there are times when you'll swear you're hearing a woodwind instead of the air moving through the bellows of his accordion. Couturier, likewise, molds his piano playing to the mood and feel of each particular track. "Halfaouine" is pensively Chopin-like, for instance, while his left-hand comping on the title track sets up a low, meditative hum for the song's spare and softly stuttering rhythmic vamps. When he later cuts into a sharp and clear procession of notes, this sort-of solo lifts the track to beautiful new heights. But it is Matinier who steals the show on the Spanish-tinged "Zarabanda", with accordion playing that is more mellifluous and crystalline than I had imagined could possibly come from that instrument. Despite Anouar Brahem's name appearing alone on the CD cover, this album is clearly a collaborative effort.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly gorgeous February 16, 2007
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Tunisian Anouar Brahem's "Le Voyage de Sahar" finds him in the same company- pianist Francis Courturier and accordionist Jean-Louis Martinier- as 2002's highly acclaimed "Le pas du chat noir."

Having toured in support of that CD, the trio developed into a true group, something that Brahem accentuates to great effect on this program of new compositions and three favorites that are recast with the new ensemble.

With "Voyage" Brahem continues a trend of creating music that is not as overtly "jazzy" as some of his earlier outings.

Nonetheless, he remains a master a crafting deliciously vivid, richly evocative compositions that distill Arabic music and European jazz sensibilities with a warm, sonorous chamber music vibe.

Among the ports of call on this "Voyage" are "Zarabanda," whose elegant lope recalls the French Riviera.

Elsewhere the title track exudes mysticism tempered with intrigue, while "Cordoba" and "Ete Andalous" are meditative pieces with a decidedly cinematic scope. The gentle bounce of "Nuba" and introspection of "Les Jardins de Ziryab" both include uncredited but effective passages of voice.

Rarely do you hear music this gorgeous.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 day ago by john clowes
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Delight From Brahem
As all the positive reviews make note
of - this is music for the soul - to be
played over&over - pure pleasure.
Published 5 days ago by luigi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Dr. S. Shurville
5.0 out of 5 stars Maintaining the same ensemble as his last album, Brahem creates a much...
VOYAGE DE SAHAR is the second disc that Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem recorded in a trio with François Couturier (piano) and Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion). Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars Know one thing-Know one wisdom
The great Japanese Zen master dogen wrote that "By knowing one thing we know one wisdom".
This "one thing" may be one sound, one beat or one whisper of voice. Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Bolokan Lucian
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative
A little brighter, more kinetic and perhaps even more inspired than the excellent Le Pas Du Chat Noir, which has the same line-up, but still with that characteristic moody,... Read more
Published on October 18, 2007 by J. TIMMERMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars An hour with Anouar
Here's another hour of near-minimalist relaxation with Anouar Brahem, now one of the great international names in jazz. Read more
Published on July 28, 2007 by C. H Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars just a remark
Though i find it interesting and nice music it surprises me that the song 'e la nave va' is to my personal opinion simply stolen from philip Glass (Glassworks) a classical... Read more
Published on April 29, 2007 by Ivan Eysackers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, subtle, well-crafted mystery
This is really an amazing CD. You feel transported, even inspired, even though the music has a deep melanchonic feel, there is a subtle awe that comes from it. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by Suren Ambegaokar
5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of work and a great award to go along
With this album, Anouar Brahem won the 2006 "Edison Award" [...] one of the most prestigious music awards in Europe... Read more
Published on January 25, 2007 by Prince of Carthage
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