|Amine & Hamza / Fertile Paradoxes|
|Add Date:||2017-05-18|| ||Pull Date:||2017-07-20|| ||Charts:||Reggae/World|
|Week Ending:||21 May|
Tunisian brothers Amine and Hamza M’raihi are masters of the oud and kanun (kind of like a Middle Eastern zither), both are major instruments in Arabic classical music. This is an exploration of global harmony through the addition of everything from a south Indian frame drum to a full chamber orchestra. An interesting and unpredictable mix that has elements of jazz, flamenco, Arabic music, and Indian ragas. Some tracks include vocals. Wonderful guest stars make up |
“The Band Beyond Borders.” Tracks feature many variations of mood and tempo, starting off one way & then wandering in another. Tight arrangements, top-notch playing, great interplays. It’s all good, just pick one. You won’t be able to predict where it will go.
1. Slow and lyrical then picks up at about 2:00 w/Indian vocals. Great drumming and strings. A really lovely journey.
2. Trilling strings, Celtic-esque w/ tabla. Great interplay of instrument
3. Dreamy then an uptempo jazz-infused jam. Seriously good playing.
4. Delicate chamber strings ‘til about 3:00 then a playful & bright mix.
5.Relaxed layers of strings. Gets fast & lively with an almost bluegrass feel. So good!
6. Sweet & swaying low-key, klezmer-ish then full into a busy Arabic jam w/great playing from all. Then relaxed again, then...
7. Slow cello opens, mostly midtempo w/ a cinematic feeling. Sharp blend of strings, some flaminco palmas. Nice arrangement.
8. Midtempo Arabic-jazz sound, then the tabla perks things up and it gets moving.