Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ramy (Anouar Brahem) (LP 100)

Garbarek/ Brahem/ Hussain Madar (CD - ECM, 1994) ***

Genre: Jazz

Places I remember: Weird little shop in the Souq Waqif (Doha, Qatar) that had an amazing ECM collection of CDs.

Fab, and all the other pimply hyperboles/ Gear costume: Opener Sull Lull sets the scene.

Active compensatory factors: Anour Brahem was the reason I bought this. Jan Garbarek is an acquired taste as a saxophonist. He can be quite harsh in his tone and I'm more a smooth sax sound lover.

But forget that! On this album the Norwegian complements the Tunisian oud master, Anouar Brahem, and Ustad Shaukat Hussain, from Pakistan, on tabla.

So much so that these three create something beyond their usual individual sound. The mix of Scandinavian cool, middle eastern oud and the anchoring sound of the tabla works to create some fascinating, and at times, challenging, sound collages.

Where do they all belong? Much more Brahem magic to come.

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