Sunday, September 2, 2007

ANOUAR BRAHEM - BARZAKH (1991)

















DEBUT ALBUM BY THE BEST OUD PLAYER ON THIS PLANET

ARTIST`````````````ANOUAR BRAHEM
ALBUM`````````````BARZAKH
GENRE`````````````WORLD/ETHNIC/FUSION
YEAR```````````````1991

MY VIEW:
This is definetly one of the best musicians from the Middle East. This is his first and by my personal opinion - best and purest work.
I have included
some photos and an inteview with Anouar from 2007.

ALBUM REVIEW (by Stephen Cook):

This starkly beautiful collection of 13 tracks by Tunisian composer Anouar Brahem is his debut release for the ECM label. The album spotlights Brahem's solo oud pieces, which range from the meditative ("Sadir") to the propulsive ("Ronda"). This solo work is nicely augmented by stellar contributions from violinist Bechir Selmi and percussionist Lassad Hosni; Selmi is featured on the transcendent "Barzakh," while Hosni figures prominently on "Souga" and "Bou Naouara." The three musicians come together for the joyous dance number "Parfum de Gitane." Throughout Barzakh, Brahem and the others forge an appealing mix of Middle Eastern sonorities and jazz phrasing, an intimate sound perfectly suited to the clean and spacious ECM recording style. This is a great title for fans of both international music and jazz.

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15 comments:

Mark said...

Hey, is anyone else really excited about A Brahem playing at the helix in Dublin!? I am, it's going to be so good.

thefallenhero said...

thanks a lot, i like this album...

Guilherme said...

Hello, this is Guilherme, from Brazil. Im starting to love arabian music, especially oud. Thanks for the post!

Panda Stuffer said...

Enjoy Guilherme:) Tnx for commenting.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou - Davy Graham interested me in this sort of music as a child and trips to greece in particular made me want more but I didn't know where to start as I hate very clean modern recordings but this is very beautiful.

Panda Stuffer said...

Yes, there are some newer recordings of Anouar but they do sound a bit stiff, over produced. This one is just the right thing:)

Giovanni said...

oh man, thanks!

Panda Stuffer said...

Enjoy Giovanni:)

Anonymous said...

thankyou for this ! you have some great stuff on here bleeding one cheers xx

Panda Stuffer said...

Tnx. enjoyzz

vostrihodamon said...

Thank you!

Panda Stuffer said...

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

thanks alot for this - went to see Syrian singer Omar Souleyman and his band recently when he visited the UK -was knocked out by the electric oud player he has in his backing band. looking for my next oud fix having exhausted his back catalogue. looking forward to this one!

Panda Stuffer said...

Omar is really great I think you'll enjoy this one too:)

Bartvp said...

Thank you for this wonderfull album. I really liked it. Do you know some other good oud players or other Middle East artists?

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