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Dhafer Youssef: Birds Requiem

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Track review of "Blending Souls & Shades"

Tunisian oud maestro Dhafer Youssef imparts a holistic world music vista, encompassing jazz, rock and spiritual inclinations while retaining the core Arabic modalities on the aurally picturesque Birds Requiem. And his chant-like, resonating vocals entwine mystical attributes with near-flawless control amid passages that induce an impression of sacred exchanges with a higher entity.

Blending Souls & Shades touches your heart, emanating from Youssef's sprawling vocals, executed with conviction and soulfulness, followed by trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer's spiraling lyricism, leading the band into a mid-tempo rock groove. Here, Youssef's deft oud work conjoins with guitarist Eivind Aarset's succinct chord voicings as they stagger the pulse atop drummer Chander Sardjoe's thick back beats. But the guitarist turns up the heat, casting an edgy outlook as the ensemble soars to a zenith towards the end, and dovetails a buoyant Arabic melody into the finale. Hence, this piece and others transcend the customary persuasions of world music, mainly due to the seamless coalition of multiple Eastern and Western inferences. On the ensemble-based pieces no particular genre outweighs the other, bearing a multifarious production that uncovers a consortium of unforeseen surprises.

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Personnel: Dhafer Youssef: oud, vocals; Husnu Senlendirici: clarinet; Nils Petter Molvær: trumpet; Aytac Dogan: hanun; Eivind Aarset: electric guitar, electronics and second ear; Kristjan Randalu: piano; Phil Donkin: double bass; Chander Sardjoe: drums.

Title: Birds Requiem | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Okeh

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