Rock the Tabla

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
After countless albums under his own name and guesting on other people's, the Egyptian percussionist comes out with something very high profile indeed. With people like jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Bollywood composer A. R. Rahman, and Turkey's Omar Tekbilek on board, it couldn't be anything less than stellar, and Ramzy has pulled out all the stops here. Although Egypt is at the core of everything, Rock the Tabla glides musically into many corners of the world, as on "Cairo to India," which brings two countries together quite naturally (as does the bonus cut, "This Could Lead to Dancing," which goes out on a glorious swirl of strings). In between, there's some stellar ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
After countless albums under his own name and guesting on other people's, the Egyptian percussionist comes out with something very high profile indeed. With people like jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Bollywood composer A. R. Rahman, and Turkey's Omar Tekbilek on board, it couldn't be anything less than stellar, and Ramzy has pulled out all the stops here. Although Egypt is at the core of everything, Rock the Tabla glides musically into many corners of the world, as on "Cairo to India," which brings two countries together quite naturally (as does the bonus cut, "This Could Lead to Dancing," which goes out on a glorious swirl of strings). In between, there's some stellar jazz-inflected material in "Six Teens," where Cobham offers a reminder of why he's so lauded, a pair of percussion duets (Egypt meets Japanese taiko drums and Egypt goes to Mali), and some Maghrebi pop on "Sawagy." The true highlight, however, is the title track, one of the best pieces of Arab rock to ever come out of a pair of speakers, with Tekbilek bringing the mizmar and a carefully unnamed guitarist who sounds suspiciously like a '70s icon (Ramzy worked on Page & Plant's Unledded), giving the tune some hard electric lines that really power it, and which might just be Ramzy's best composition to date. Unsurprisingly, all the percussion is mixed high, but not at the expense of everything else, and listening to the players is like attending a master class in musicality. It's certainly Ramzy's most inspired release in years. He's working with people he admires and who push him hard. The joy is hearing him -- and everyone else -- deliver.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2011
  • Label: Arc Music
  • EAN: 5019396234925
  • Catalog Number: 2349
  • Sales rank: 168,437

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Arabantana (5:07)
  2. 2 Cairo To India (5:50)
  3. 3 Six Teens (4:30)
  4. 4 Ancient Love Affairs (5:29)
  5. 5 Shukran Arigato (3:52)
  6. 6 Bluesy Flusey (5:04)
  7. 7 Billy Dancing (4:32)
  8. 8 Sawagy (4:03)
  9. 9 Dom & Doumbia (3:02)
  10. 10 Rock the Tabla (5:33)
  11. 11 This Could Lead To Dancing (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hossam Ramzy Primary Artist, Percussion, Egyptian Percussion
Phil Thornton Keyboards, E-bow
Winston Blissett Bass
Billy Cobham Drums
Joji Hirota taiko
Manu Katché Drums
Omar Faruk Tekbilek Mizmar
John Themis Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jimmy Waldo Bass, Keyboards
A.R. Rahman Keyboards
Chaz Kkoshi Piano, Keyboards
Morris Eskander Violin
Mohsen Allaam Quarter Tone Accordion
Hounda El Sombaty Vocals
Mohammed Ali Oud, Electric Violin
Chennai String Orchestra Strings
Ali Shaker Qanoun
Abdalla Helmy Keyboards, Nay
Ossama Al Hendy Bass, Keyboards
Nahini Doumbia Djun-Djun
Suzzane D Mello Vocals
Sayed Al Hosseiny Mizmar
The Hossam Ramzy String Ensemble Strings
Elhamy Ezzat Vocals
Chinmayi Shripada Vocals
Technical Credits
Phil Thornton Composer, Engineer, Sequencers
Jon Astley Mastering
Hossam Ramzy Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Jimmy Waldo Composer, Engineer, Sequencers
A.R. Rahman Composer
Diz Heller Liner Notes, translation
Chaz Kkoshi Composer, Producer, Engineer, Sequencers
S. Sivakumar Engineer
Jeannine Blanpain translation
Ossama Al Hendy Composer, Sequencers
Alex Croft Cover Design, Layout
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