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Rough Guide to Arabic Lounge
     

The Rough Guide to Arabic Lounge

 

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This doesn't quite play by the normal rules of lounge music. Yes, there's plenty to chill the ears, but also a fair bit that falls outside those boundaries, such as Amit Esaffar's modern jazz take on "Khosh Reng (Maqam Awj)," or the self-explanatory "Taksim Cello 1," a lovely, haunting piece that's more thought-provoking than relaxing. "Johnny Guitar," by the late and

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This doesn't quite play by the normal rules of lounge music. Yes, there's plenty to chill the ears, but also a fair bit that falls outside those boundaries, such as Amit Esaffar's modern jazz take on "Khosh Reng (Maqam Awj)," or the self-explanatory "Taksim Cello 1," a lovely, haunting piece that's more thought-provoking than relaxing. "Johnny Guitar," by the late and very great oud player Munir Bashir, is like a master class on the instrument, rather than background sound, although it is deceptively smooth. Dozan's "Ya Mo" is wonderfully lush, but hides its darkness, making it compelling. However, the odd one out, beyond any doubt is "El Huerfanito (Ya Habibi Ta'ala)," which is pure Cuban son from the Middle East, played by Hanine y Son Cubano. It introduces a jarring note, just as the jazz does, and serves as a reminder of just how cosmopolitan the Arab world is. Natacha Atlas' contribution is refreshingly soft, even if it does borrow its bassline from Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," bringing some gentle funk to the proceedings. It all ends with a spacy, disorienting track from Azzddine with Bill Laswell -- a true desert trip. The second CD in the set is some bubbly Arab pop from Akim el Sikameya.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633123029
catalogNumber:
1230
Rank:
102917

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Technical Credits

Natacha Atlas   Composer
Harvey Brough   Composer
Philippe Eidel   Arranger
Rune Arnesen   Arranger
Farid el Atrache   Composer
Mohamed Moustafa   Composer
Gjermund Silset   Arranger
Sandra Alayon-Stanton   translation
Marc Eagleton   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pat Jabbar   Composer
Nili Belkind   Sleeve Notes
Charbel Rouhana   Composer
Djamel Laroussi   Composer
Rim Banna   Arranger,Composer
Adriana Garcia   translation
Akim El Sikameya   Composer,Lyricist
Ghazi Abdel-Baki   Composer
Smadar Levi   Composer
Azzddine Ouhnine   Composer
Amir ElSaffar   Composer
Leonid Alexeienko   Arranger,Composer
Mohamed Hussein   Composer
Jerome Tao   Composer
Midhat Assem   Composer
Fathy Koura   Composer
Zuhaira Sabbagh   Composer,Lyricist
Irène Rognier   translation
Taher Abo Bakr   Composer,Lyricist
Shireen Abu-Khader   Arranger
Michel Elefteriades   Arranger
Cécile Cée   Photo Courtesy

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