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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Rabih Abou-Khalil's ninth Enja release features one of his most expansive lineups to date -- 12 pieces in all, including oud, brass, woodwinds, cello, and percussion. It's quite a departure from 1999's austere Yara. Here the tempos are bright, the unison lines darting and difficult, the improv heated, the tonal combinations ever-changing. Heavy-hitting jazzers dominate the band roster, including Dave Ballou and Eddie Allen on trumpets, Tom Varner on French horn, Dave Bargeron on euphonium, Antonio Hart on alto sax, and Ellery Eskelin on tenor sax. Gabriele Mirabassi's clarinet gives the music an almost klezmer-like sound at times a tantalizing instance of Jewish-Arab ...
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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Rabih Abou-Khalil's ninth Enja release features one of his most expansive lineups to date -- 12 pieces in all, including oud, brass, woodwinds, cello, and percussion. It's quite a departure from 1999's austere Yara. Here the tempos are bright, the unison lines darting and difficult, the improv heated, the tonal combinations ever-changing. Heavy-hitting jazzers dominate the band roster, including Dave Ballou and Eddie Allen on trumpets, Tom Varner on French horn, Dave Bargeron on euphonium, Antonio Hart on alto sax, and Ellery Eskelin on tenor sax. Gabriele Mirabassi's clarinet gives the music an almost klezmer-like sound at times a tantalizing instance of Jewish-Arab reconciliation. The gorgeous booklet includes a prose poem by Gamal Ghitany printed in English, French, and Arabic, as well as a series of campy band portraits and a full transcription of track number five, "Oum Saïd." Looking over the score, one gets some sense of the rhythmic complexity Abou-Khalil is dealing with try counting in 6+5+5+3/16, for instance.
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  • Release Date: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757940128
  • Catalog Number: 9401

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Performance Credits
Rabih Abou-Khalil Primary Artist, Oud
Antonio Hart Alto Saxophone
Tom Varner French Horn
Ellery Eskelin Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Allen Trumpet
Dave Bargeron Euphonium
Vincent Courtois Cello
Michel Godard Tuba
Nabil Khaiat Frame Drum
Dave Ballou Trumpet
Jarrod Cagwin Drums
Gabriele Mirabassi Clarinet
Nabil Khaiat Frame Drum
Technical Credits
Rabih Abou-Khalil Arranger, Producer, Cover Design, Audio Production
Walter Quintus Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Georges Ghantous Calligraphy
Bardo Kox Engineer
Christian Gunther Cover Design
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