Sahara Blue

Sahara Blue

by Hector ZazouHector Zazou


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There's an old saying that one is only as good as the people with whom one collaborates. Judging by the list of musical contributors to Hector Zazou's Sahara Blue, Zazou is quite good indeed. Among many others, those adding their own touch to Zazou's album include Bill Laswell, Dead Can Dance, John Cale, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Tim Simenon. Zazou devised the album as a mix of musical styles set to lyrics/vocals taken from the pen of Arthur Rimbaud. While it might appear like a pretentious undertaking on paper, the album is a cohesive slice of eclectic music-making. Jazzy spoken word songs such as "Ophelie" intermingle with throbbing dance-oriented numbers like "I'll Strangle You" and quiet, peaceful piano-based meditations such as "Harar et les Gallas." Dead Can Dance duo Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard work their particular magic on "Youth," exchanging vocals, and on "Black Stream," where Perry's dark, somber synth weeps around Gerrard's stunning vocals and yang chin. Zazou himself mostly stays in the background, providing production and electronic sounds, allowing the players to showcase their abilities. John Cale provides two showstoppers in "First Evening" and "Hunger," his voice never sounding better. All of the musicians and vocalists turn in winning performances, so it's almost not fair to call out specific contributors. Sahara Blue is an album that could have been plodding and obscure, but instead it's mostly quite accessible and emotionally and artistically revealing. Albums dealing so heavily in mood and atmosphere are rarely as full of joy as Sahara Blue.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Crammed Disc Us
UPC: 0876623005520
catalogNumber: 32
Rank: 146223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hector Zazou   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Clavier,Sampling,electronics,Sampled Guitar
Lightwave   Synthesizer,electronic percussion
John Cale   Vocals
Bill Laswell   Bass
Keith LeBlanc   Percussion
Anneli Marian Drecker   Vocals,Voices
Yuka Fujii   Walkie Talkie
Lisa Gerrard   Vocals,Yang Chin
Barbara Gogan   Vocals
Kenji Jammer   Guitar,Guitar Effects
Vincent Kenis   Bass,Guitar
Brendan Perry   Synthesizer,Percussion,Vocals,Darbouka,Bodhran,tin whistle
Renaud Pion   Clarinet,Bass Flute,Saxophone
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Piano
Steve Shehan   Percussion
Guy Sigsworth   Keyboards
David Sylvian   Guitar,Vocals,Walkie Talkie
Malka Spigel   Vocals,Voices
Sussan Deyhim   Vocals,Voices
Gérard Depardieu   Vocals,Voices
Nabil Khalidi   Oud
Samy Birnbach   Vocals
Dominique Dalcan   Chant
Christian Lechevretel   Organ,Trombone,Trumpet,Clavier
Kent Condon   Guitar
Daniel Manzanas   Acoustic Guitar
Matt Stein   Loops
Denis Moulin   Guitar,Percussion
Richard Bohringer   Vocals,Voices
Mr.   Guitar,Vocals,Walkie Talkie

Technical Credits

Lightwave   Special Effects,Contributor
John Cale   Contributor
Bill Laswell   beats
Cheb Khaled   Contributor
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Yuka Fujii   Contributor
Lisa Gerrard   Contributor
Vincent Kenis   Contributor
Brendan Perry   Engineer
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Hector Zazou   Arranger,Producer
Malka Spigel   Contributor
Paul Conboy   Producer,beats,Sample Programming
Nabil Khalidi   Contributor
Jean-Loup Morette   Engineer
Arthur Rimbaud   Poetry
Dominique Dalcan   Contributor
Kerry Hopwood   Programming,MIDI
Christian Lechevretel   Arranger
Paul Schmidt   translation
Tanis Kmetyk   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Matt Stein   Programming
Jacques Pasquier   Executive Producer

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