22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2008
Along with Barzakh, recorded a year earlier, in 1991, this is surely the best of Brahem's formidably brilliant CDs. ECM do their usual job of recording the acoustic instruments beautifully, plus (as usual) making sure there's a lot of natural echo, as a rather easy signifier of Spirituality. But personally, what I love best here is the simplicity of the tunes (in contrast to his later CDs with the rather bland jazz-fusion material), allowing Brahem's improvisations and variations to gleam and spark with life. Energy, tenderness, imagination all allied to astonishing technique. Great stuff.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 March 2011
Conte de l'incroyable amour sees Braham working with Barbaros Erkose on clarinet and Lassad Hosni on hand-held drum (they were reunited on the excellent Astrakan Café) with Kudsi Erguner on nai. Of all the combinations Braham works with, to my mind this is one of the best.
Anouar Brahem is one of the best-selling artists on ECM, a record label that over the decades has pushed the boundaries of jazz and world-fusion - and provided great music in the process. To me, Brahem is the epitome of all the label represents. His nine or so albums with ECM, beginning with Barzakh in 1990, offer sublime music found nowhere else. The exotic images he draws with his intricate oud playing is always beautifully recorded and his musical collaborations are always fascinating. Lovely stuff.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2011
I came to Anouar Brahem's music through the wonderful album "Barzakh". The use of space on that album is very effective, and the interplay between the instruments is spellbinding. Based on my early impressions, "Conte de l'Incroyable Amour" is of a similar standard. While this music rewards close listening, it's also great to have it on in the background, so you can tune into it periodically.
I'd just like to share a caveat emptor: At the time of writing (June 2011) the available version of "Conte..." comes in a thin and flimsy cardboard pocket. It's a bare-bones presentation, perhaps reflecting the CD's relatively cheap price. Of course, the music is what really matters, but some people care about such things.