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5.0 out of 5 stars La Tsadika, 23 Jun 2014
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Inger Halina Burger (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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This is a very beautiful album containing songs sung in Spanish and Ladino. Mor Karbasi is a very gifted singer who sings with great passion and a great emotional and musical range. She is well versed in the musical Sefardic tradition which is the foundation of all the songs she makes. A very recommendable album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious, 22 Jun 2014
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Mor Karbasi plays Ladino music - the almost lost music of Sephardic Jews from Spain.
Her voices trills and soars with flamenco tones. The music also at times has a flamenco element, not too surprising given the roots of the music and that she now lives in Seville. It often feels quite religious as well but not in an off putting or overpowering way. Perhaps I really mean spiritual.

Some of the tracks start with short intros or interludes, that sound like they may be the source material for the songs. Although I don't think these are old recordings I think they may be intended as little sketches for a song. It's quite a odd feature and adds to the feeling that this music is old and rescued. These often sound, to me, like eastern European singing.

The tracks are quite varied, most being traditional songs, some Sephardic from Morocco.
La Gallarda has flamenco guitars, Mi Nina Me Trajo La Mar is a bit jazz influenced with piano and trumpet. Ay Si Te Fueres A Banar Novia is a stunningly gorgeous vocal only track. It reminds me very much of Bulgarian singing (and made me change my 4 stars to 5 stars!) There's one of those hidden tracks at the end of the CD which takes you by surprise after 5 minutes of silence.

There are times when for me the mannered tremulous voice is just a bit too much and the piano doesn't always provide the best backing in my opinion. Great CD though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb third album, 12 Feb 2014
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Mor and collaborator Joe Taylor provide a third album which offers a very mature take on Sephardic and Flamenco music amongst other styles. Those who have enjoyed her first two albums will definitely appreciate this new offering. Superb backing musicians including Jorge Brava
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