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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B00005MABO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,329 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Veteran musician Rabih Abou-Khalil's rerelease of his classic fusion album "Bukra" is a delightful mixture of sounds that is hard to classify. Part new world jazz, part old world Middle Eastern rhythms, it creates a very unique sound in a world where everyone tends to sound the same or else follows the same pop receipes. The opening track, "Fortune Seeker" is a fierce performance that rises and falls with forays into jazz and Arabic sounds. The master musician and composer, Rabih Abou-Khalil plays an incredible oud that delivers this song into ancient Arabesque musical charts. Meanwhile a mean jazz sax breaks in to create a musical and cultural fusion that is spectacular, innovative and timely. On the song "Time" the slow melody is pushed along by the oud with mental images created of a marching caravan moving across the desert. The cadence and rhythm slowly warm up to a slightly higher progression as the jazzy reed elements blend harmoniously with the Middle Eastern sounds. Another good song is the meditative "Reflections" where the oud opens an inspiring hipnotic trance that cuts across cultures. His accelerated finger work on the oud captivates the senses. The various runs on the oud play out like a marathon journey of magical music. The introspective music delivers rapid fire sounds that articulate his mastery of the instrument. Essentially it is one long solo that is full of improvisation and artistry. The whole disc is very good and a welcome addition to to any world music aficionados catalogue. An origianl when it come to world music, this disc would also be appealing to a jazz fan. Try it, it is a very good world fusion disc.
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In this time of paranoia, perhaps it may be helpful to engage in sampling once again the civilization of the Middle East which has given us among other things, algebra, Tutankhamen and the oud. This last is, as we know, the grandaddy of the lute which is the father of the guitar. The sound of the oud in the hands of such as Rabih Abou-Khalil is quite ravishing. On this CD its beauty is everywhere apparent but especially so on the track Reflections which features the oud solo. But this is only part of the musical story in this wonderful programme of music. Percussion and hence rhythm is at its heart. Mr Glen Moore, once of Oregon, on bass, Glen Velez on drums, and Ramesh Shotham on percussion provide a rich, hypnotic and vital tapestry of sounds against which Mr Abou-Khalil and Mr Fortune (brilliant on alto) investigate their respective melodic and harmonic possibilities. Mr Fortune's solo on the title track is achingly beautiful whilst his passionate, lonely opening to Kibbe is revelatory and could stand alone as a voice combining elements of jazz, the desert, and Indian music all at once - this is sound that should echo in our hearts as we ponder the notion of war in the Middle East against one of the "axis' of evil". Not a dull moment on this CD. If you like "world music", jazz or simply good music, this is for you. After many listenings over six years, I still revere it.
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"Bukra" sits somewhere between the improvisational "Between Dusk And Dawn" and the traditional "Nafas". Although the percussion still plays a very important role in the music, it is not as dominant as it was on "Nafas". There are 7 tracks, building to the excellent "Reflections" which closes the album. The lineup for this album is very similar to "Between Dusk And Dawn": Rabih Abou-Khalil (oud), Sonny Fortune (alto saxophone), Glen Moore (bass), Glen Velez (frame drums, percussion, overtone vocals), Ramesh Shotham (South Indian drums, percussion).
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Bukra is not the best CD of Rabih Abou-Khalil on my mind, but it already shows us a perfect example of research in Music creation. Rabih Abou-Khalil is picking the best of his music culture and what he has learned (with talent) about Jazz music. BUT he does not mix them, he improves both by a magic wedding. In my opinion, the musics in this CD are a little bit too slow. As always in his CD, he invites talented players and they creates tonal music, that touch your emotion. LISTEN TO IT AS A BEGINNING IN YOUR PASSION FOR Rabih Abou-Khalil and let's enter in a New Jazz World by listening to other R. AK. cd.
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