Electric Sufi

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Tunisian-born oud performer/vocalist Dhafer Youssef attains a happy medium while integrating the oud an Arabic lute instrument with jazzy grooves and wide-ranging improvisational forums. On this outing, the artist crafts an appealing worldbeat/jazz scenario partly due to his nimble plucking and mood-evoking unison choruses with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen. There's also a drum'n'bass element here, as the leader utilizes the talents of ex-Living Colour rhythmic aces Will Calhoun drums and Doug Wimbish bass. Jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel adds textural patterns to many of these pieces while embarking on a pleasant mainstream jazz-based solo passage on the piece entitled...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Tunisian-born oud performer/vocalist Dhafer Youssef attains a happy medium while integrating the oud an Arabic lute instrument with jazzy grooves and wide-ranging improvisational forums. On this outing, the artist crafts an appealing worldbeat/jazz scenario partly due to his nimble plucking and mood-evoking unison choruses with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen. There's also a drum'n'bass element here, as the leader utilizes the talents of ex-Living Colour rhythmic aces Will Calhoun drums and Doug Wimbish bass. Jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel adds textural patterns to many of these pieces while embarking on a pleasant mainstream jazz-based solo passage on the piece entitled "Farha." Youssef also displays a multi-octave vocal range on several tracks -- as he renders wordless vocals that often conjure up notions of religiously inclined mantras. A good portion of this affair features lightly rumbling percussion vamps intertwined with North African modalities and alternating dialogue among the soloists. A nice effort that ages well upon repeated spins.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/9/2002
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757941224
  • Catalog Number: 9412

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mandakini (5:09)
  2. 2 Yabay (3:16)
  3. 3 Electric Sufi (4:56)
  4. 4 Oil on Water (2:45)
  5. 5 La Prière de l'Absent (6:44)
  6. 6 Man of Wool (7:04)
  7. 7 La Nuit Sacrée (6:26)
  8. 8 Nouba (6:47)
  9. 9 Farha (5:35)
  10. 10 Nafha (5:26)
  11. 11 Al-Hallaj (3:20)
  12. 12 Suraj (6:16)
  13. 13 Langue Muette (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dhafer Youssef Primary Artist, Vocals, Oud, Sounds
Wolfgang Muthspiel Guitar
Dieter Ilg Acoustic Bass
Will Calhoun Drums, Loops
Mino Cinelu Percussion, Drums
Markus Stockhausen Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet
Doug Wimbish Electric Bass, electronics
Deepak Ram Bansuri
Technical Credits
Mino Cinelu Sound Effects
Steve Arguelles Producer, Engineer
Wolfgang Meyscheider Mastering
Peter Karl Engineer
Dhafer Youssef Arranger, Producer, Contributor
Christian Heck Engineer
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