Egypt Unveiled

Egypt Unveiled

by Phil Thornton
     
 
Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton have had an ongoing collaboration for years, melding Thornton's new age bent with Ramzy's Arabian (and really, Western percussion) skills. On Egypt Unveiled, Ramzy and Thornton's first outing for Ramzy's ARC label, the pair recruited a set of fine musicians in Cairo and powered through some modern

Overview

Hossam Ramzy and Phil Thornton have had an ongoing collaboration for years, melding Thornton's new age bent with Ramzy's Arabian (and really, Western percussion) skills. On Egypt Unveiled, Ramzy and Thornton's first outing for Ramzy's ARC label, the pair recruited a set of fine musicians in Cairo and powered through some modern music with an Arabian feel. There are hints of synthesized rai strings in pieces like "Pharaohniest," wild wailings of mizmars in "Planet Egypt," and a thick rock beat returning from time to time across the songs. This isn't authentic, traditional music -- but it isn't meant to be, either. Perhaps surprisingly, the artists show some restraint in the compositions, utilizing excellent players but avoiding the squishier areas of new age that ethnic crossover albums are so susceptible to. There's perhaps nothing particularly new in the album (especially considering the Ramzy/Thornton collaborations of the past), but it's a fine atmospheric listen nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2011
Label:
Arc Music
UPC:
5019396231627
catalogNumber:
2316
Rank:
124702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Thornton   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Didjeridu,Analogue Synthesizer
Hossam Ramzy   Percussion,Piano,Egyptian Percussion
Grant Young   Fretless Bass Guitar
Mohsen Allaam   Quarter Tone Accordion
Mohamed Ali   Violin,Electric Violin,Soloist
Ali Shaker   Qanoun
Hazem Shaheen   Oud
Abdalla Helmy   Nay
Maged Sorour   Qanoun
Cairo Street Rappers   Vocals
Amin Shaheen   Arghoul
Sayed Al Hosseiny   Mizmar

Technical Credits

Phil Thornton   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Hossam Ramzy   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Khaled Mohasseb   Engineer
Diz Heller   Liner Notes,translation
Ute Entwistle   Layout
Jeannine Blanpain   translation
Alex Croft   Cover Design
Guirguis Kamal   Engineer
Hossam Ramzy String Ensemble   String Section

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