6

Dhafer Youssef: Birds Requiem

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Blending Souls & Shades"

Dhafer Youssef: Birds Requiem 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.

Track Listing:

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.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Okeh | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Enter the PlusTet" CD/LP/Track Review Enter the PlusTet
by Troy Collins
Published: October 23, 2016
Read "Shipwreck 4" CD/LP/Track Review Shipwreck 4
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 13, 2016
Read "Windows" CD/LP/Track Review Windows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 12, 2016
Read "Spirit Forward" CD/LP/Track Review Spirit Forward
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 7, 2016
Read "A Good Time Was Had By All" CD/LP/Track Review A Good Time Was Had By All
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "Picking Order" CD/LP/Track Review Picking Order
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 17, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!