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Wajdi Cherif: Phrygian Istikhbar

Read "Phrygian Istikhbar" reviewed by Budd Kopman

I approached Phrygian Istikhbar with a bit of trepidation, since the signposts of “world music as jazz were very strong. The first track, “Voyage, only reinforced my fears, since the usual elements of world music--scalar rather than melodic improvising, static or oscillating harmony, and strong, repetitive rhythmic patterns--were all present.

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