Rock the Tabla

Rock the Tabla

by Hossam Ramzy


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Rock the Tabla

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2011
Label: Arc Music
UPC: 5019396234925
catalogNumber: 2349
Rank: 307353

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
Hossam Ramzy String Ensemble   Strings
Elhamy Ezzat   Vocals
Chinmayi Shripada   Vocals

Technical Credits

Phil Thornton   Composer,Engineer,Sequencers
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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