Le Pas du Chat Noir

Le Pas du Chat Noir

by Anouar Brahem
     
 

Being one of the world's foremost oud players has its drawbacks. Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian virtuoso who has extended the Arabic lute's repertoire into the realms of jazz, experimental, and (Western) classical music, found himself so taxed after his recording Thimar that he set his instrument aside. The pressure was understandable, asSee more details below

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Being one of the world's foremost oud players has its drawbacks. Anouar Brahem, the Tunisian virtuoso who has extended the Arabic lute's repertoire into the realms of jazz, experimental, and (Western) classical music, found himself so taxed after his recording Thimar that he set his instrument aside. The pressure was understandable, as that critically acclaimed set joined his oud with heavy hitters Dave Holland on bass and saxophonist John Surman. The exhausted Brahem began composing for -- and on -- piano, and from that break comes Le Pas du Chat Noir. Once again with a trio -- pianist François Couturier and accordionist Jean-Louis Matineir -- Brahem takes his oud into new territory, as different from Thimar as that record was from his other recordings. Tonally, the combination of dry lute with percussive piano and breathy accordion conjures images of Parisian byways and Buenos Aires alleys. As befits the project's genesis, it's the piano that seems to have pride of place on this recording. The oud, doubling and wrapping around the piano's melodies, lends a North African burr to the music, until the keys dip into the modal scales that are its home territory, and the roles are reversed, the piano taking its supporting place as it does in Mahgreb café music. But this isn't café music: With deliberate tempos and dreamy commentaries, the songs on Le Pas du Chat Noir seem to freeze time and open up the mind to contemplation and association. It's the type of profound connection that's prized in Arabic classical music, and it's proof once more of the deep roots that this astonishing player brings to the contemporary music he creates.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Oud player Brahem has established his own little niche with the instrument; his music, strongly Arab-inflected, has the spare, chamber feel that makes it a perfect fit in the ECM catalog. He's a contemplative player, and this melding with piano and accordion suits his style perfectly, as notes and ideas draw out marvelously. The interplay between musicians is as delicate as lace -- thoughtful, with everyone listening as much as playing. It's a record with many moments of great beauty, like the exquisite piano on "C'est Ailleurs" or the filigree touches between accordion and piano that decorate and nudge along many of the tracks. Brahem is a superb, if reserved, musician, as are his colleagues: Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Together they trace something exquisite, an experience for the eras and the heart.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0044001637322
catalogNumber:
016373
Rank:
28133

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  1. Le Pas Du Chat Noir  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  2. De Tout Ton Cour  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  3. Leila Au Pays Du Carrousel  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  4. Pique-nique à Nagpur  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  5. C'est Ailleurs  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  6. Toi qui Sait  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  7. L' Arbre Qui Voit  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  8. Un Point Bleu  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  9. Les Ailes Du Bourak  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  10. Rue du Départ  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  11. Leila Au Pays Du Carrousel, Var.  - Jean-Louis Matinier
  12. Déjà la Nuit  - Jean-Louis Matinier

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