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Sparse, clean and moody, or in other words .... perfect
on 7 June 2017
This 2013 release, had been sitting in my Amazon saved-for-later basket for sometime before I bought it to qualify for free delivery of another order and with it I gained full life membership of the Tunisian jazz appreciation society, as I now have three, yes three Tunisian-led jazz records (Anouar Brahem being the other Tunisian artist in my collection).
I love this record's sparse clean moody atmospheric sound with the horns and voice punctuating the wide open spaces, this reminds me of many of my ECM recordings and its my kind of jazz. Instrument-wise we have oud, clarinet, kanun, trumpet, guitar, piano, double bass, and drums as well as Youssef's singing. And the latter's the downside (at least in this house) because the Memsahib doesn't think she's going to grow to like the singing (or deathly wails as she described it before exiting stage left) in this lifetime or the next, but I do. So what I have is one for the "book club evenings" shelf, the sort of dirty secret music I can only play when I'm on my own, roll-on next book club.