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Elsaffar, Amir / Crisis
Album:Crisis Collection:Jazz
Artist:Elsaffar, Amir Added:07/2015
Label:Pi Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2016-06-06 Pull Date:2016-08-08 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:14 Aug7 Aug24 Jul17 Jul10 Jul3 Jul26 Jun19 Jun

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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2016-05-31 

Another masterpiece by Iraqi-American trumpeter ElSaffar blending Middle Eastern instruments, modes, and this time Arabic verse, into a western jazz context. It’s sometimes challenging but always excellent. Instruments are trumpet, saxes, bass & drums, plus santur, buzuq, oud, and other perc. See the liner notes for explanations & English translations.

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1 Slow. Drum intro, trumpet blast, then peaceful strings. Vocal invocation. (4:54)
2 ** Mid-fast. Folk dance feel in mixed time signatures. Very compelling. (8:50)
3 * Slow. Sad solo trumpet improvisation. Quite beautiful. (3:17)
4 * Fast. Bass solo starts, drums join, then horns & strings. Certainly Middle Eastern sounding, but sort of fun and funky too. (8:18)
5 Slow. First half is delicate interplay of western and Middle Eastern instruments. Second half is a 13th-century Arabic love poem sung in a slow chant by Elsaffar. (7:05)
6 ** Mid-fast. Fascinating mashup of East & West. Highly rhythmic. (8:19)
7 ** Mid-tempo. Syncopated & tense. The “straightest” jazz piece here, but it still clearly references Middle Eastern tonality. Interplay between trumpet & perc is suburb. (13:40)
8 Very slow. Somber like a funeral march. Solo trumpet elegy & fateful drums. (3:36)
9 Slow. A reprise of track 5. Same melody. The complete poem rather than a part. (7:08)

Track Listing
1.Introduction - From The Ashes 5.Love Poem
2.The Great Dictator 6.Floyover Iraq
3.Taqsim Saba 7.Tipping Point
4.El-Sha'ab (The People) 8.Aneen (Weeping), Continued
 9.Love Poem (Complete)