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Haran based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This highly anticipated release lives every bit up to expectations, and then some. With help from producer Fred Rubens, the album showcases the band's signature Middle Eastern sound with modern-day grit and attitude. It features the earnest vocals and oud and saz playing of leader Basya Schechter as well as stellar performances by core band members playing violin, bass, organ, recorders, accordian, drums, and percussion. Rounding it out are solid guest performances including Alan Kushan on santur, Adam Levy (of Norah Jones' band) on guitar, and others. This music is exquisite but edgy, authentic but contemporary, and absolutely infectious. This is World music at its best--intricate and nuanced, but utterly accessible, blending swirling, syncopated seas of polyrhythm with beautiful, singable melodies. Pharaoh's Daughter's scope may be compared to that of Béla Fleck, who also draws from a wide array of musical traditions and sounds. However, while Fleck's combinations can sometimes sound forced, these always seem to work perfectly. Highlights include a Celtic-infused "Kah Ribon" with santur, Jason Lindner's psychedelic organ over Schecter's oud on "By Way of Haran," Levy's guitar on the haunting "Hagar," and the rich, sensuous violin of Meg Okura on "Samai."