Trance

Trance

by Hassan Hakmoun and Zahar
     
 

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From the Hendrix-in-a-fez riff of "Bania" to the fuzz-box nirvana of "Challaban," Trance asserts psychedelic sovereignty over Moroccan sensibilities that hippie hash-heads once claimed as their own music base. Twenty-five years ago, Hakmoun's high-amplification drone would have blown Cream out of the stadium, but

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From the Hendrix-in-a-fez riff of "Bania" to the fuzz-box nirvana of "Challaban," Trance asserts psychedelic sovereignty over Moroccan sensibilities that hippie hash-heads once claimed as their own music base. Twenty-five years ago, Hakmoun's high-amplification drone would have blown Cream out of the stadium, but its thrills-per-wattage ratio today depends on whether or not you're willing to let bygone eras be bygones -- or how ardent you are about wanting to hear Gnawa music done boggle style on two cuts. One experiment that reaps great dividends is an a cappella duet between Hakmoun and Carole Rowley on "The Sun is Gone," where the two baptize one another in mutually unreachable longing until Hakmoun finally falls below the horizon, his amazing voice narrowed to a rhaita-like rasp -- the one great idea on this disc that isn't clogged with electronics.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0077778825920
catalogNumber:
788259

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hassan Hakmoun and Zahar   Primary Artist
Hassan Hakmoun   Guitar,Vocals
Kweyao Agyapon   Percussion
Hossam Ramzy   Egyptian Percussion
Anthony Michael Peterson   Guitar
Carole Rowley   Vocals
Sonia Slany   Violin
Zahar   Track Performer
Bill McClellan   Drums
Sabir Rizaev   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Hassan Hakmoun   Arranger,translation
Ron Aslan   Programming
Hossam Ramzy   Contributor
Simon Emmerson   Producer,Liner Notes
Raw Stylus   Remixing
Richard Chappell   Engineer
Brian Cullman   Liner Notes
Jules Brooks   Producer

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