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Quieter but still lovely,
This review is from: Le Pas du Chat Noir (Audio CD)
Besides his collaborations with musicians from the Middle East/Turkey (Astrakan Café, The Astounding Eyes of Rita, Conte de l`incroyable amour and Barzakh), Brahem teamed up with western musicians. Le pas du chat noir and Le Voyage de Sahar have him playing with pianist Francois Couturier and accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier (for goodness sake, where else but ECM would you find an oud player, pianist and accordionist playing together - and making it work? What a label). These two albums are quieter than Brahem's other works and are not as immediately accessible (or exotic), but superb nonetheless.
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.