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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!