Barzakh [Vinyl]

Format: Vinyl
Release Date: 11/17/2017
Label: ECM Records
Style(s): Post Bop
Availability: Low Stock

Recorded in 1990, Barzakh was the ECM debut of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, and an album that immediately captured the attention of press and public with its gracefulness and authority. “Phenomenal…this is pure Arab music, without ‘world music’ frippery,” wrote Karl Lippegaus in Stereo. Brahem is joined here by Bechir Selmi, the sensitive violinist from the Musical Ensemble of Tunis, and percussionist Lassad Hosni,  whose earthy frame drum and speeding darbouka would come to be important components of later Brahem recordings including  Conte de l’incroyable amour and Astrakan Café. Beyond the improvisatory brilliance, Barzakh gave notice also of Brahem’s gift for writing arresting themes and luminous melody, as illustrated by “Raf Raf”, “Parfum de Gitane”, “Kerkenah” and other pieces here.

1. Raf Raf
Length: 03:35
2. Barzakh
Length: 11:06
3. Sadir
Length: 06:36
4. Ronda
Length: 03:11
5. Hou
Length: 01:37
6. Sarandib
Length: 02:52
7. Souga
Length: 02:09
8. Parfum de gitane
Length: 04:19
9. Bou Naouara
Length: 02:23
10. Kerkenah
Length: 07:33
11. La nuit des yeux
Length: 05:32
12. Le belvédère assiégé
Length: 04:16
13. Qaf
Length: 01:46
Album Details
Disc Count: 1
Total Length: 56:55
UPC: 602557895872