Shahab Tolouie

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Friday, July 31, 2009 2 comments
Shahab Tolouie, Persian & Flamenco Fusionist and singer... Shahab Tolouie's first strokes on guitar were at the age of eight. He self-studied for almost six-years, took Persian and Jazz music lessons from various teachers, and then started performing. Step by step he gained a respect among musicians, has played with some of the greatest Iranian music masters and performed many concerts throughout Iran. He received the highest-level certificate for Flamenco music after studying his master course in Spain. This diversified background was the reason Shahab incorporated a multicultural style into his music, which he consideres 'EthnoFlamenco' or 'Persian Flamenco Fusion,' his special contribution to world music.


Ayman Jarjour - The Carnegie Hall Concert

Posted By Fido On Friday, July 31, 2009 0 comments
Solo guitarist, chamber musician and teacher Ayman Jarjour, native of Syria, acclaimed solo performer - has performed in Carnegie Hall. Graduate of Juilliard and Madrid's Royal Conservatory. Served on Faculty of Syria's High Institute of Music. Interested in contemporary classical music and more traditional compositions. Also performs chamber music, ranging from electric guitar with string quartet, to classical guitar and flute/viola duos. Available to perform in special occasions and teach, at wide variety of levels.
Since his recital debut in Damascus, Syria, Ayman Jarjour has been actively performing in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and the Far East. His solo performances with orchestra include the world premiere of Olypmus (concerto for guitar and orchestra) by Evis Sammoutis with the Hessle Sinfonia in 2003. He played the Syrian premiere of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is frequently broadcast worldwide via the satellite TV channel. Mr. Jarjour’s international performances include concerts in Beirut, Amman, Madrid, Bonn and Taipei. The Taiwanese President and other government officials attended his New Year’s Eve concert in Taiwan in December 1999. In Syria, where he often appeared in TV concert broadcasts and interviews, he was active in introducing classical and contemporary music to the Syrian public both as a soloist and leader of different guitar and chamber music ensembles. In May 2000, Mr. Jarjour gave a concert to standing ovation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of an Artists International’s Special Presentation Award. While pursuing his Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, Mr. Jarjour performed in concerts at the Juilliard Theater and Alice Tully Hall. He also performed at the Continental Center and the Salisbury State University Concert Series and played in the Focus! Festival as well as in the Juilliard productions of The Three Sisters by Chekhov and A Winter’s Tale by Shakespeare. Ayman Jarjour received his Bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain where studied with Jose Luis Rodrigo, Segovia’s favorite student. He served on the faculty of the High Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria between 1994 and 1997. He has been teaching in London since 2001. Currently, he divides his time between London and Brussels.

Maryam Akhondy - Sarmast

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Thursday, July 30, 2009 2 comments
The "marvelous voice of Persia" Maryam Akhondy, the foundress and chief of the world-wide unic Iranian woman choir, belongs to the recent generation of the virtuoses of the classical Persian singing. Maryam Akhondy was born 1957 in Teheran; Beginning of the seventies was discovered it by the famous actor Ostad E. Mehrtasch and studied at the academy of the Fine Arts in Teheran. 1986 came she to Germany and worked with different Iranian groups of music. Admits became she here as an outstanding singer from the worldwide knowm German "Schäl Sick Brass Band", with which she could place herselves at the front places of the European World Music Charts. Meanwhile she has her own projects: The ensemble "Barband" and the woman choir "Banu" and tours European-wide.

Sarmast is the Persian word for "intoxicated". Intoxicated is how Maryam Akhondy felt whenever she became engrossed in the poems of the great Persian poets. Thus inspired, Maryam Akhondy set some of these texts to music to, as she says, "express in my own way the feelings of joy when reading." The simple melodies that are derived from the radif (the order and systematics of Persian music) have also helped her to find out more about herself and her spiritual roots: "It was like the entry into a world not really known to me yet." At first glance, many of the songs only seem to describe rather profane things like wine and the accompanying states of intoxication, but in reality, the texts contain hidden meanings and the words and terms used can only be understood in a figurative sense. And: "The contrast between the poetic language of former times and the language of today - that's interesting, that's what fascinated me"

1. Scharab E Talkh Bitterwine
2. Mast E Mast Totally
3. Saki (The Wine-Waiter)
4. Lahzeh (The Moment)
5. Bazar E Botan (The Bazaar Of Idols)
6. Tschaharmesrab
7. Jahan Khahad Bud (The World Will Be)
8. Mastaneh (Drunk)
9. Omr E Javedani (Eternal Life)

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Ghazal - Moon Rise Over The Silk Road

Posted By Jazzmen On Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3 comments
Persian and Indian Improvisations
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The third release from traditional fusionists Ghazal, combining Persian and Indian musics, which are closely related but highly differ in their own ways. Kayhan Kalhour is a virtuoso on the kemantche, as is Shujaat Khan on the sitar. Together they are able to make stunning runs through the combined sounds of the two traditions. The opening number, "Fire in My Heart," allows for a nice run of call and response between the two instruments, with Kalhour switching over to plucking the kemantche for a bit as well. Eventually, the two players combine to create a texture of sound that swirls around the backing tabla and tamburas at top speed. The interplay between the two stringed instruments is outstanding here, as is the accompaniment by Swapan Chaudhuri on tabla. In the second number, the duo opts for a light dhun, powered largely by the lighter tones on both the kemantche and the sitar's more carefree twang. In the third number, Khan breaks out of his usual Urdu singing and into Persian for a relatively long composition about the nay. Rather surprisingly, the nay isn't utilized at all in the song to its tribute. Instead, the kemantche mimics its sound to the best of its ability. Also, the tombak is added to the ensemble to add an additional bit of Persian flavor to the sound. The Indian and Persian traditions are closely tied, both historically and in their mutual strife to re-create the perfection of the human voice. Here the traditions are joined to wonderful effect. Pick it up for a nice fusion of two virtuoso instrumentalists performing in largely traditional manners, a rarity for fusionists it would seem. Moreover, pick it up as a generally enjoyable album for newcomers and the initiated alike. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

1. Fire in My Heart
2. Pari Mahal
3. Besh'no az Nay (Listen To The Nay)

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Kenny G - Greatest.Hits

Posted By Jazzmen On Monday, July 27, 2009 2 comments
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Kenny G has long been the musician many jazz listeners love to hate. A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings make the pop charts, Kenny G's sound has been a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations since the mid-'80s, making him a household name. Kenny G is a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr.) who often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictable melody statements), his music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at the top of "contemporary jazz" charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, he is classified as jazz. Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He recorded with Cold, Bold & Together (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelanced locally. After graduating from the University of Washington, Kenny G worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group. Soon he was signed to Arista, recording his debut as a leader in 1982. His fourth album, Duotones (which included the very popular "Songbird"), made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny G's own records have sold remarkably well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped eight million copies in the U.S.; his total album sales top 30 million copies. 1994's holiday album Miracles and 1996's Moment continued the momentum of his massive commercial success. He also recorded his own version of the Celine Dion/Titanic smash "My Heart Will Go On" in 1998, but the following year he released Classics in the Key of G, a collection of jazz standards like "'Round Midnight" and "Body & Soul," possibly to reclaim some jazz credibility. Faith: A Holiday Album was released that same year, followed up by a limited edition re-release of the 1997 Greatest Hits disc. 2002 found Kenny G dipping into tropical territory with Paradise, which featured guest appearances by Brian McKnight and Chanté Moore. This was followed by a music video collection, another holiday album, entitled Wishes, and, in 2003, a second greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G. Perhaps in a bid to shake up his discography a bit, in 2004 Kenny G released At Last...The Duets Album, which featured "duets" with LeAnn Rimes and Chaka Khan. Two years later, smooth jazz's king of the soprano sax returned to a purely instrumental approach on the brassy, big-band-inspired albums Holiday Collection and I'm in the Mood for Love. 2006 was also the year the artist was dubbed the best golfer in music by Golf Digest, beating out Vince Gill for the number one spot. In 2008, Kenny G released the Latin-inspired Rhythm and Romance. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Tracklisting 1

[01]. Songbird
[02]. Besame Mucho
[03]. Silhouette
[04]. Havana
[05]. Sax - O - Loco
[06]. The Girl From Ipanema
[07]. Forever In Love
[08]. All The Way-One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
[09]. I'm In The Mood For Love
[10]. Brazil
[11]. Everlasting
[12]. Paradise
[13]. Morning
[14]. As Time Goes By
[15]. Don't Know Why
[16]. Going Home
[17]. Alone

Tracklisting 2

[01]. What A Wonderful World
[02]. The Moment
[03]. The Shadow Of Your Smile
[04]. The Look Of Love
[05]. You're Beautiful
[06]. Yesterday
[07]. Mirame Bailar Feat. Barbara Munoz
[08]. Love Theme (From 'romeo And Juliet)
[09]. Summetime
[10]. Sentimental
[11]. Sabor A Mi
[12]. The Way You Look Tonight
[13]. My Heart Will Go On (From Titanic)
[14]. Loving You
[15]. Waiting For You
[16]. Miracles
[17]. Sister Rose

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The Most Relaxing Piano Album in the World...Ever

Posted By MiOd On Sunday, July 26, 2009 0 comments
The Most Relaxing Piano Album in the World...Ever
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I simply love piano music. If you're looking to relax, enjoy a peaceful time, then you must check out this album. If you truly enjoy piano music, this album is by far one of the best you can purchase.
As it is the "Most Relaxing Piano Album in the World...Ever..." Well, I haven't listened to all piano albums in the world, but I don't need to, this one is just perfect for me, and I think you will agree!
I would say the pianists' are extremely accomplished. At times, I would admit-it's a bit 'spine tingling'!

Tracklisting 1

[01]. Stephen Hough - Concerto for Piano no 21 in C major, K 467: 2nd movement, Andante
[02]. Moura Lympany - Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto
[03]. Moura Lympany - Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring"
[04]. John Ogdon - Nocturnes (3) for Piano, B 54/Op. 9: no 2 in E flat major
[05]. Moura Lympany - Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune
[06]. Cecile Ousset - Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16: 2nd movement, Adagio
[07]. Moura Lympany - Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "Espana": no 2, Tango
[08]. John Ogdon - Liebestraume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang
[09]. Dmitri Alexeev - Waltzes (2) for Piano, Op. 69: no 1 in A flat major, B 95 "L'adieu"
[10]. Simon Rattle - Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18
[11]. Moura Lympany - Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Traumerei
[12]. Magda Tagliaferro - Goyescas: La Maja y el Ruisenor
[13]. Maurizio Pollini - Nocturnes (3) for Piano, Op. 15: no 2 in F sharp major
[14]. Aldo Ciccolini - Gymnopedies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux
[15]. Moura Lympany - Bagatelle for Piano in A minor, WoO 59 "Fur Elise"
[16]. John Ogdon - Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 10: no 3 in E major, B 74 "Tristesse"
[17]. Daniel Adni - Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62: no 6, Andante grazioso in A major "Spring Song"
[18]. Dmitri Alexeev - Concerto for Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 102: Andante

Tracklisting 2

[01]. Walter Gieseking - onata for Piano no 8 in C minor, Op. 13 "Pathetique": 2nd movement, Adagio cantabile
[02]. Annie Fischer - Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466: 2nd movement, Romanze
[03]. Maria Tipo - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria"
[04]. Maria Tipo - Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11: 2nd movement, Romanze
[05]. Garrick Ohlsson - Suite espanola, Op. 47: no 1, Granada
[06]. Moura Lympany - Waltzes (16) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 39: no 15 in A flat major
[07]. Andrei Gavrilov - Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo - Arioso
[08]. Daniel Adni - Lyric Pieces (6), Book 3, Op. 43: no 6, In Springtime
[09]. Daniel Adni - Nocturnes (2) for Piano, B 106/Op. 32: no 2 in A flat major
[10]. Walter Gieseking - Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Adagio un poco mosso
[11]. Moura Lympany - Preludes, Book 1: no 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin
[12]. Gonzalo Soriano (Piano) - Cancons i dansas (14): no 1, Petiteta l'han casada/La dansa de Castelltersol

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Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 26, 2009 4 comments
Beautiful works from the great composers - Mozart, Bach, Grieg, Schumann and others, performed by a 16 piece string ensemble. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Morning Mood and more.
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[01]. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)
[02]. Serenade (Haydn)
[03]. Morning Mood (Grieg)
[04]. Cradle Song (Schubert)
[05]. Minuet (Beethoven)
[06]. Siciliano (Bach)
[07]. Miniature Overture (Tchaikovsky)
[08]. Emperor Quarter (Haydn)
[09]. Air On The G String (Bach)
[10]. Rondo (Mozart)
[11]. Nocturne (Chopin)
[12]. Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
[13]. The Happy Farmer (Schumann)
[14]. Giga (Handel)
[15]. Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Gluck)
[16]. Character Dances (March) (Tchaikovsky)

Munir Bashir - "RECITAL" - SOLO DE LUTH-OUD "Live Geneva 71"

Posted By MiOd On Friday, July 24, 2009 1 comments
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Luth Solos
The form taken in IRAQ by the SAWT of HIDJAZ is the MAQAM which is the most perfect and noblest form the scholary music of the country can offer. The MAQAM is performed by one singer (the QARI) and three musicians who play respectively the SAN-TUR- a cithara derived from the Greek psaltery, the DJOZA – a vielle resting on a pike and the TABLA or DÛNBAK – a double drum. To constitute the DJALGHI BAGHDADI of NUBA another kind of drum is added : a RIQ – the drumhead of which is stretched on a wodden frame – The principal part characteristic of the MAQAM is a poem written in one of the sixteen varieties of classical metres either in literary Arabic or in spoken language. In the latter case the poem is called ZÛHAÏRI.

The MAQAM, the tradition of which has lasted in IRAQ for nearly four centuries, has been transmitted orally by the Iraqi masters in an uninterrupted chain between past and present. The singer improvises melodic passages making freely use of different rhythms while passing progressively from one part of the chosen mode to another. Displaying all his virtuosity and flexibility of voice he reaches the acme of the MAQAM; then leaves it imperceptibly and comes to musical phrases, all of them proofs of his talent and spirit of invention.

The MAQAM starts with the TAHRIR often preceded with an instrumental introduction called the BADÛA and composed on a well-defined rhythm; the singer accompanies the BADÛA passing alternately from high-pitched notes to low-pitched ones. The TAHRIR is made of one or more songs, the texts of which may be extended by one or two Arabic, Persian or Turkish interjections added by the singer when the texts of the songs prove too short with regard to the improvised melody. the MAQAM ends with the TASLIM or TASLOM which is text set to a falling melodic passage ending with the final note of the scale of that MAQAM. Between the TAHRIR and the TASLIM there are series of melodic passages of variable length which are performed alternately by the singer and the musicians and which develop in turn the different parts of the scale.

The artists who interpret the MAQAMS are considered to be authorities on the matter of repertoire; they know all about it and are famous for the specific way everyone renders such a MAQAM some of them are famous for the passages they have added to certain MAQAMS. Others for the composing of whole MAQAMS with a view of enriching the already rich repertoire.

A concert when only MAQAMS are played is called a FASL. In such a FASL, the MAQAMS are always played in the same order and the FASL is named after the first MAQAM of the series. The Iraqi repertoire offers five FASLS:BAYAT – HIDJAZ – RAST – NAÛNA and HÛSSAEÏNI. At the end of every MAQAM the orchestra plays a PESTÉ which is a piece of music composed in the same mode as the MAQAM. This device allows the singer to rest before the beginning of the next MAQAM. In former times it was usual to play several FASLS in a musical evening.

Among the masters of the MAQAM who have carried on its musical tradition, generation after generation, and whose names are still known nowadays, we will mention : MÛLLA HASSAN BABÛDIDJI (1782-1840) and his pupil RAHMALLAH SHILTAG who taught a whole generation of artists, the most famous of whom were AHMED ZAÏDAN to thank for their musical talent and their fame, for instance RACHID KANDARDJI (deceased in 1963) and ABBAS CHAÏKALI. Among the next generation we will quote the great master MOHAMED ELKABBANDJI who was born in 1901 and considered as the greatest of his time for the register of his voice as well as for the precision of his interpretation of the traditional MAQAM. Endowed with a vast memory, he had memorized a great number of poems, which allowed him to sing what was fit in all circumstances. He was the one who was sent to Cairo in 1932 as a representative to the Congress of Arabic music.

Is the text of the MAQAM mundane, it belongs to the classical repertoire but if the text is religious the MAQAM belongs to the SUFI music which has also its famous performers among whom are ELHADJ JALAL ELHAFNAÛI and SHARIF MOHIEDDINE HAÏDAR. The latter was the dean of Baghdad art Academy and taught a great number of lutists his method. Among these we will quote the names of JAMIL BACHIR (deceased in 1977) and his brother MUNIR BACHIR presently general secretary of the Arabic Academy of Music. SIMON JARGY, a professor at the University of Geneva, considers MUNIR BACHIR as one of the greatest soloist of ÛD an one of the greatest musicians of the Arab World. Born in North of Iraq, MUNIR BACHIR belongs to a family of very gifted musicians who have passed on from father to son the noble art of playing the lute.
"He was but five years old, S. JARGY writes, when (together with his brother who also became a well known lute player) he was taught the first rudiments of lute playing by his father who had become impregnated with the purest Oriental and Arabic musical traditions of Baghdad. The old capital of Caliphs. Knowing all the subtitles of ÛD playing, MUNIR BACHIR has rapidly become a great artist and an unrivalled virtuoso giving back to this instrument the importance it had at the time of the Thousand and One Nights.

As a creator of a school, he founded, after the second world war, an academy of music in Baghdad with a view of teaching ûd playing to young talented people. He was thereafter appointed as a professor at the Academy of Are where he succeeded his master MOHIEDDINE HAÏDAR. He became also head of the musical programme for the Iraqi broadcasting Co. With a mind to widening his knowledge, MUNIR BACHIR went to Budapest where he studied traditional folk song and music. In 1965 he obtained a doctor's degree in Budapest and was appointed there as an assistant lecturer at the Academy of Science in the department of folk art. At the same time he gave a series of recitals in Hungary patronized by the famous composer ZOLTAN KODALY who was one of his admirers and who encouraged him to acquaint people with the authentic Arabic music. Subsequently he gave concerts in the Near and Far Eastern countries. In Europe he first came to Geneva where this concert was recorded, parts of which presented here.

To complete the timing of this compact disc we have resorted to the most prestigious lute player of the thirties, MOHAMED ELKASSABGI, who was also one of the first composers of the great singer UM KALTSUM. MOHAMED KASSABGI's improvisations : a TAKSIM BAYATI, a TAKSIM SABA. a TAKSIM HIDJAZ KAR and rhythmic piece, DALAÂ ELHAWANEM (Ladies' coquetry) have been chosen to let music lovers compare the individual skills of each of these two talented artists separated by more than a quarter of a century. It will also enable us to stress on one hand the mastery and the spirit of invention of the classical school which MOHAMED KASSABGI belongs to, and on the other hand the virtuosity of the younger generation of artists, one of whom is MUNIR BACHIR.[A. Hachlef..Translated by M..Stoffel..September 88]

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Irak: MUNIR BASHIR - Maître du luth arabe "Master of the Arab lute"[3CD SET]

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 23, 2009 1 comments
Munir Bashir & Omar Bashir - Discography

Irak: MUNIR BASHIR - Maître du luth arabe "Master of the Arab lute"[3CD SET]
As a passionate defender of Arab music, Munir Bachir was in constant rebellion against the misrepresentation of this music and its use for commercial ends. He spent several years fighting to establish his lute as a solo recital instrument and travelled the world as a true ambassador for Arab classical music, bringing it to specialists as well as to a larger audience. Munir Bachir improvised from fully authenticated sources. As much creator as performer, his music was forever evolving, never repetitive.
A master of the mode-based, raga-like Arabic Taqsim, Munir Bashir transformed the oud (Arabic lute) into an important solo instrument. His improvisations inspired comparison to jazz's most inventive players. According to, Bashir's "improvisations (were) elegantly melodic. He (tended) to favor short phrases and certain moments remind me of the kind of development one might find in unaccompanied saxophone solos by Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell." Descended from a long line of musicians, Bashir was shown the basics of the Arab lute, by his father, as a child. He continued his musical training at the Baghdad Institute of Music, which he entered at the age of six. Bashir's musical career was balanced by his experiences as an educator. Receiving a doctorate in musicology in 1955, he began lecturing for the folk arts department of Budapest's Academy of Sciences. He eventually rose to directorial positions at the Higher Institute of Music in Baghdad and the Music Service of Iraqi Public Radio. Previously unreleased recordings found by Bashir's children shortly after his death in October 1997 were released as Raga Roots. Bashir's musical legacy is continued by his son, Omar. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide
Disc 1 : Munir Bachir live in Paris (1987)


1. Maqam Yekah, Aoudj
2. Maqam Nahawand
3. Maqam Bayat
4. Maqam Hijaz

Disc 2 : Maqâmat (1993)


1. Maqam Bashiri
2. Maqam Benjigah
3. Maqamat Mukhalif, Awshar, Sigah, Saba
4. Maqam al-Asil, invocation
5. Maqam Rast

Disc 3 : Meditations (1995)


1. Du'a' - Invocation
2. Raja' - Imploration
3. Al-Naqa' - La purete
4. Al-Mawlawi

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Richard Bona - Scenes From My Life

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Tuesday, July 21, 2009 0 comments
Jazz bassist Richard Bona was born and raised in the West African nation of Cameroon, going on to session dates with Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter, and Bob James as well as a two-year stint as musical director for the great Harry Belafonte. He made his debut as a headliner in 1999 with Scenes from My Life, and two years later Reverence came out. In 2003, Bona made his Verve debut with Munia: The Tale, which explored the territories of rock and jazz while keeping his West African influences, and 2005's Toto Bona Lokua was a joint effort with Lokua Kanza (from the Congo) and Gerald Toto (from Martinique). In 2006, Tiki, featuring guest artists like John Legend and Djavan, was released. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
Richard Bona's debut solo album Scenes from My Life is an unexpected delight, a first effort of such assurance that it's nearly irresistable. Bona blends a smooth production with fusions of contemporary jazz and music from his native country, Cameroon, West Africa. He has a warm, fluid style on bass and his voice is pure, high and lovely. To some undiscriminating ears, it may sound a little too smooth, but there is no calculation behind this music, only joy, and that is what makes Scenes from My Life a first-class debut. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide


(Egypt) - 100 % BellyDance!

Posted By Jazzmen On Monday, July 20, 2009 1 comments
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[01]. Egyptian Queen
[02]. Nile Rhythms
[03]. Kalthoumiat
[04]. Habibi Hawaya
[05]. Etawet Alek
[06]. Zeina
[07]. Rakasni Yalla
[08]. Eshk Elhob
[09]. Agmal Haga
[10]. Anphora
[11]. Enta Omri
[12]. Haleemiat
[13]. Alf Leila

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Kocani Orkestar - L' Orient Est Rouge

Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 19, 2009 0 comments
The music of this explosive Oriental Gypsy Brass Band from Macedonia is a punchy mixture of powerful brass band sounds, wild Turkish/Bulgarian rhythms, and inspired exciting Eastern-style solos. Headed by arranger/band-leader Naat Veliov, the Kocani Orkestar's line up features two trumpets, three tubas, saxophone, clarinet, zurla (traditional oboe) and percussion.
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Kocani Orkester is merely one of a legion of great brass bands from Balkan countries and this is one of the best of such CD's. The rhythms are like none other in the world. This style originated in villages and there is a lot of borrowing from country to country while each retains its distinctive style.At times the sound is akin to perhaps Latin brass bands, but with a gutsier beat and overall sound. These are highly skilled musicians, though not in the classical sense. It is a much more personal style and is almost always used for dancing in the native context, but it is also great just to listen to. One common rhythm not used in the west is the seven-beat pattern of "quick-quick-slow" or 2-2-3. It gives the dances added energy and the music a different pulsating feeling. While Balkan music can often sound primitive (though not necessarily in a technical sense), the brass bands have a more modern feel, even though the influences are centuries old. Like all kinds of music there are mediocre examples. Kocani is by no means mediocre and unquestionably one of the best stylistically and technically
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[01]. L'Orient Est Rouge
[02]. Doise
[03]. Ibraim Odja
[04]. Burkan Cocek
[05]. Ederlezi Avela
[06]. Sevdah Hikmet
[07]. Sunset Oro
[08]. Dervis Oro
[09]. Ciganka
[10]. Maxutu
[11]. Edinaesetorca
[12]. Djelem, Djelem Bonus Tracks
[13]. Istambol Kocek
[14]. Mambo
[15]. Turkish Pop

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Omar Bashir - 4 Albums

Posted By Fido On Friday, July 17, 2009 2 comments
Omar Bashir: A Great Promise on the Arab Music Horizon
Omar Bashir was born in Budapest in 1970 and began playing the oud at the age of five. He was tutored by his father and went on to study at the Conservatory in Baghdad. He later returned to Budapest, where he taught at the University. He is currently based in Budapest and you can find more information about his concerts, albums, etc.
At 31, Omar Bashir, son of the late, renowned Iraqi composer and oud master Munir Bashir, is one of the most prolific Arab musicians today. With seven albums in a variety of styles to his credit, and an extensive resume of live performances in Europe and the Middle East, Omar is a rising star in the world of Arabic music in general and the oud in particular.

Born in Baghdad in 1970 into a musical family (his father, grandfather, and uncle were musicians and oud players), Omar started his musical journey at an early age. At the age of seven he entered the School of Music and Ballet in Baghdad; at nine he played his first oud solo, a 15-minute composition by his father. In 1986, after graduating from the School of Music and Ballet, he joined the School of Music Studies. During this period, he performed in evening concerts as well as shows at the end of the school year. He also led and managed Al Bayariq Group, widely considered one of the best classical Arabic ensembles at that time. After graduating in 1991, he left Baghdad to continue his studies at the Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary, where he also learned classical guitar and Western music. Since graduating from the university in Budapest in 1997, Omar has performed internationally, both solo and with other international musicians, and has helped produce his own albums.

His seven albums are: "From Euphrates to Danube" (1998), "Ud Duet" (1998, with Munir Bashir), "Zikrayati" (1999), "Ashwaq" (1999), "Flamenco Night" (2000), "Maqam" (2000), and "Al-Andalous" (2001). He has two more albums in production and will release them this year.
[01]. Omar Bashir - Zykrayati
This is the third album featuring Omar Bashir, and he presents another selection of Iraqi maqamat. He is accompanied by percussion on several tracks. Two of the pieces are based on Kurdish and Iraqi traditional melodies, and Bashir develops them in his unique style.

1. Lourca (trad. Kurd) maqam al-laouk
2. Fok al-Nakhl (trad. Iraq) maqam hijaz
3. Baghdad (Munir Bashir) maqam nahawand
4. Babel (Omar Bashir) maqam moukhalaf, sigah, houzam

[02]. Omar Bashir - Flamenco Night
Another live recording, this time in Jordan in 1997, which features some of the old favourites. The accompanying musicians are Robert Michael (guitar), Bashar al-Azzawi (guitar), Benjamin Yousef (bass) and Maher Hanhan (percussion).

1. Lika'
2. Ji Mani Wali (to Jamil Bashir)
3. Al Oud Wal Andalous
4. Baghdad (to Munir Bashir)
5. Pharaon
6. Minal'oud Ilal Guitar

[03]. Omar Bashir & the Horvath Gypsy Band - Gipsy Oud


1. Gypsy Oud
2. Gypsy Dance
3. Priental Wind
4. Hungarian Night
5. Forest

[04]. Omar Bashir - From Euphrat to Danube
Some experimental works of oud and other western instruments. This is one of Omar's first albums. Omar had studied and lives in Hungary. This is a collection of his compositions that bridge the east and the west.

Al-Andalus Collection [Re-Up]

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 16, 2009 7 comments

Al-Andalus Collection [24]. La Felicidad Cumplida "Perfect Bliss"- Eduardo Paniagua, El Arabi Serghini

Posted By MiOd On Thursday, July 16, 2009 3 comments
La Felicidad cumplida - Perfect Bliss
Inscripciones árabes del Alcázar de Sevilla, siglos XI-XIV
El Arabí Serghini, Larbi Akrim, Jamal Eddine, Eduardo Panaguia


  1. La Felicidad cumplida (Perfect Bliss)
  2. La Gloria (Glory)
  3. Súltan Don Pedro (Don Pedro the Sultan)
  4. Esclaricida morada nueva (Distinguihed new home)
  5. Confianza mía (My trusted friend)
  6. La dicha perfecta (Perfect Joy)
  7. Solo Allah vencedor (Only Allah is victorious)
Playing time: 54' 16"
El Arabí Serghini Mohammed (chant, viola, tambourine, tar, darbuga), Larbi Akrim (lute, voice), Jamal Eddine ben Allal (violin, suisen (small lute), Andalusi Caliphate lute, voice), Eduardo Panaguia (qanun, tenor recorder, fahl (metallic Arab flute), voice).
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The World Music Library Seires [Re-Up]

Posted By MiOd On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4 comments

Al-Andalus Collection [23]. IBN BAYA - Cantos De La Noche - Núba Rasd d-Dayl

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Al-Andalus Collection [01]. Salim Fergani - Prado de Gacelas
Al-Andalus Collection [02]. Naseer Shamma - Maqamat Zeryab
Al-Andalus Collection [03]. Eduardo Paniagua - JARDIN DE AL-ANDALUS
Al-Andalus Collection [04]. Salim Fergani - Dos Corazones
Al-Andalus Collection [05]. Naseer Shamma & Oyoun - Hilal
Al-Andalus Collection [06]. Eduardo Paniagua - Agua de la Alhambra
Al-Andalus Collection [07]. Omar Metioui - La Fuente del Amor Secreto
Al-Andalus Collection [08]. Latidos de Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus Collection [09]. La llamada de Al-Andalus
Al-Andalus Collection [10]. Ibn ‘Arabi - El intérprete de los deseos
Al-Andalus Collection [11]. Al Turath Ensemble - Hermana de la Luna
Al-Andalus Collection [12]. Al Turath Ensemble - Jardines de Jazm?n
Al-Andalus Collection [13]. LA BELLEZA CONTEMPLADA
Al-Andalus Collection [14]. POEMAS DE LA ALHAMBRA
Al-Andalus Collection [15]. Salim Fergani - Elegia a la muerte de Salah Bey
Al-Andalus Collection [16]. Salim Fergani - La noria de los modos
Al-Andalus Collection [17]. Eduardo Paniagua - Cantos Misticos Devocionales
Al-Andalus Collection [18]. Nuba Al-Istihlal
Al-Andalus Collection [19]. Cantoras de Tetuan
Al-Andalus Collection [20]. Wallada - Ibn Zaydun
Al-Andalus Collection [21]. Al Ála Al-Andalusíyya
Al-Andalus Collection [22]. Dhikr y Sama - Musica Sufi Andalusi

Núba Rasd d-Dayl
Cantos de la Noche
Ibn Báya Ensemble - Omar Metioui & Eduardo Paniagua
Sony "Música Andalusí"
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El grupo Ibn-Baya, bajo la dirección de Omar Metioui y Eduardo Paniagua, presenta esta selección de la Núba Rasd d-Dayl, continuando la difusión de esta tradición milenaria guardada fielmente en Marruecos. En su interpretación no se busca la fusión con otras culturas musicales, sino su más estricta pureza tanto en los instrumentos medievales como en la esencia originaria de esta tradición.

    Mízán Bsít

  1. Bugya
  2. Twíshya Rasd d-Dayl
  3. San'a:
    1. Ma Yaqul Lak
    2. Yá Qalbí Bushká Hanniyá
    3. Sirrk Huwa Sirrk (instr.)
  4. Mízán Qá'im Wa-Nisf

  5. Twíshya Qá'im Wa-Nisf Rasd d-Dayl
    1. Sam'í LimáQultahu (instr.)
    2. Yá Rabkabí
    3. Billáhi Yá Zayma s-Sigár
    4. Má NnsáHabíbí
  6. Mízan Btáyhí

  7. San'a:
    1. Ahlan Bikum (instr.)
    2. ad-Dunyá Hallat
  8. Inshád Rasd d-Dayl
  9. San'a
    1. Absanta Yák Laylu (instr.)
    2. Hubbukum Mazzaq Fuádí (instr.)
    3. Brwála: Yá l-Wala'
    4. In Kán Wisálak
  10. Mízan Quddám

  11. Twíshya Quddám Rasd d-Dayl
    1. Al Hubbu Díní (instr.)
    2. Brwála, Y´d z-Zmam
    3. Lammá Wada'tu 'Alá (instr.)
  12. Muwwál Rasd d-Dayl
  13. San'a
    1. Tála Gtirábí
    2. Yá Gazálí
    3. Yá Tál'ata
    4. Má Nskí Sakiyya
Playing time: 62' 36"
Ibn Báya
Omar Metioui (úd, chant), Ahmed Al-Gazi (rabab, viola), Abdelhamd Al-Haddad (soloist chant), Abdesselam Amram Boukhobza (chant, tar), Mohammed Agdour (darbuga), Cesar Carazo (medieval viola, soloist chant), Luis Delgado (andalusi lute, bendir), Eduardo Paniagua, (medieval flutes)
Recording site and date:
"Mulay Hfid" Palace, Tangier, Morocco [12/1998]

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The Very Best of Fairuz 2

Posted By Jazzmen On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1 comments

Track List
01.B'Hebbak Ya Loubnan
02.Ghannaitou Makkata
03.Akher Ayam Al Sayfieh
04.Sa Alouni Annais
05.Nassam Alaynal Hawa
06.Allah Maak Ya Hawana
07.Sakana Elleil
08.Shatty Ya Douniah
09.Ya Mayla Al Ghousoune
10.Khattet Kadamkon

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Zabane Tar-Ostad Jalil Shahnaz-Tar Mastero

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 0 comments

Jalil Shahnaz (Persian: جلیل شهناز, b. 1921 Isfahan) is an Iranian master musician and renowned tar player.[1] He studied under the supervision of Abdolhossein Shahnazi and Hossein Shahnaz. Foremost Iranian vocalist, Shajarian named his new group in honor of Masetro Shahnaz.


The Very Best of Fairuz 1

Posted By Jazzmen On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 5 comments

Track List
01. Habbeytak Bessayf
02. Addaysh Kan Fi Nass
03. Zahrat Al Mada'en
04. Ya Moukhtar El Makhatir
05. Shady
06. Kan El Zaman
07. El Kods Alatika
08. Shayef El Bahr Shou Kbir
09. Ya Ana Ya Ana
10. A'atini Naya
11. Sanarja'ou Yaoumann
12. Al Bint El Chalabiyeh
13. Ya Tayr
14. Dabket Loubnan

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Fairuz - The Night and The Lantern

Posted By Jazzmen On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 0 comments
Fairuz "The Collection"
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The Night and the Lantern (Casino Du Liban/Damascus 1963) Booklet Summary: The story of this operetta takes place in a small village where there is a shop selling all types of lanterns to satisfy the needs of the villagers and neighboring farmers. the shop is looked after by Mantoura, a good natured girl with a lovely voice. All the proceeds from the sales are placed in a bag hung in a corner of the shop and at the end of the year the money is shared by all the villagers at a Festival of song and dance. Hawlu is a vagabond who lives by a dark pass leading to the village, he and his friend Khatir had been annoying everyone by their mischievous deeds and the villagers are hunting them to give them the punishment they deserve. Hawlu, chased by the villagers arrives at Mantoura's shop and asks her to hide him. She, not knowing who he is, agrees to do so and Hawlu is saved. He is of course very grateful to her. The villagers decide to place a large lantern by the dark pass to light the way for travelers but this doesn't suit Hawlu at all so he calls at the shop and tells Mantoura that he will break it if it is placed in position. Mantoura sings to him and so charms him by her song that he relents and departs to join his friend. Meanwhile, Mantoura goes home to put on her prettiest clothes for the festival taking place that evening. While she is away, Hawlu and Khatir return to the shop and after failing to persuade Hawlu to smash the big lantern, Khatir suggests that Hawlu should steal the bag of money hanging in the shop. Hawlu does so, and disappears towards his hiding place. Mantoura returns dressed in her colorful costume looking forward to a very enjoyable evening but she discovers that the bag of money is gone. Worried and upset she tells the villagers when they arrive for the festival and they become very angry holding Mantoura responsible because of her carelessness. She accepts the blame, and deciding to leave the village closes the shop and puts out its light. Suddenly Hawlu appears and tells everyone that he stole the money and that he wishes to return it, having seen the light go out in the shop, and realizing the distress caused to Mantoura. While the villagers are checking the money he takes the big lantern and makes his way to the pass. When the villagers look up they see the pass brightly lit and to complete their happiness Khatir arrives with a message from Hawlu expressing the wish that Mantoura will stay and with her beautiful singing guide strangers to the village. Booklet Summary: Click for Arabic summary. Quick Notes: One of the early plays written by the Rahbani Brothers, it is simple and enchanting. At one point the villagers ask the night to get darker and let their lanterns shine brighter. A very beautiful image in the song Atem ya Layl. Although not as long as the other plays, it gets the message across. I don't know but prior to listening to the play, I was expecting Hawlu to be funny and be played by Philemon Wehbe. Unfortunately, the entire play is placed on one track. However, the audio quality is pretty good.

[01]. We Dawi Ya Hal Andil
[02]. Nehna Men Essahl
[03]. Enna Anadil
[04]. Atem Ya Leyl
[05]. Jayee/Jbali
[06]. Ya Mantoura
[07]. Warde el Helwe Zelane
[08]. Yammel Assawer
[09]. Fayek Alayi
[10]. Bel Awal Ma'erefto
[11]. Ma'ereftini
[12]. Chou Betkouloulhon?
[13]. Za'altak Chi?
[14]. Ya Ammi Nasri
[15]. Laweyn Ya Hawlu
[16]. Ya Ent Betkassro
[17]. Wayn Ento
[18]. Ya Ahali Edday'a
[19]. Hawlo Hawlo
[20]. Hayda Khater
[21]. Wedawi Ya Hal Andil

Fairuz ... Mantoura
Nasri Shameseddine ... Nasri (Alharess)
Huda ... Deeba
Joseph Azar ... Hawlu
William Haswani ... Khater
Joesph Nassif ... 'atef
Marwan Mahfouz ... Fares
Words and Music by the Rahbani Brothers.
Directed by Sabri Sharif.

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Jazz & Hijaz 1 & 2

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 1 comments
Jazz & Hijaz "ETHNIC SESSIONS 1960 1970"

Hijaz is the name of a mode (maqam) in Arabic music.

‘Ethno-jazz’ tracks,recorded in USA in 60’s and 70’s..The artists are Greeks, Armenians, Hebrews, Americans and others..Released with the Greek magazine ‘Jazz & Tzaz’. Rare stuff!

Jazz & Hijaz 1
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[01]. Gus Vali & The John Charise Orchestra - The Saints (When the
[02]. Flames Og Araby - Misirlou
[03]. Gus Vali, Oudi Hrouant, Emin Gunduz, Luis Bareiro, Chet Amste
[04]. Nick Rassias, John Beal, John Yalenezian, Don Varella & Ermie
[05]. Artie Barsamin & his Orchestra - Nene Aman
[06]. Dave Tarras & the Murray Lehrer Orchestra - Bublitchki
[07]. Chris Vardakis, Luis Bareiro, Chet Amsterdam & John Yalenezia
[08]. George Mcrdichian, Menachem Dworman, Moulay Ali Hafid & Lou M
[09]. Mecca Four - Halay
[10]. Hakki Obadia - Cha Cha Baba
[11]. Menachem Dworma, Hevron Levi, Avram Grobadr & Tassos Mavris -
[12]. Anonymous musicians - Erev Shel Shoshanim
[13]. Mecca Four - Asia Minor Dupke
[14]. Michael Hart & The Nick Rassias Orchestra - Tsakitzis
[15]. Michael Hart & The Nick Rassias Orchestra - Tamzara
[16]. Chris Vardakis & his Bouzoukia Orchestra - Farfara
[17]. Dave Tarras & he Murray Lehrer Orchestra - Neue Sher
[18]. Michael Hart & his Orchestra - Weno Habib
[19]. Abu Hassan - Whirling Sand
[20]. Gus Vali & The John Charise Orchestra - A Greek in Dixieland
[21]. Gus Vali – Bachelerde

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Jazz & Hijaz 2

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[01]. Nick Rassias (Clarinet) - You Don't Love Me
[02]. Gus Vali And His Dixieland Band - 12Th Street Rag
[03]. Mecca Four Violin Fred Elias - Mecca
[04]. Nick Demetrius And The Athenian Forum - Hello Dolly
[05]. George Mgrdichian (Oud) - Yesterday
[06]. Gus Vali And The Caravan - Whyek
[07]. Phil Woods, Iordanis Tsomidis, George Mgrdichian - Nica
[08]. Roger H. Mozian Orchestra With Markos Melkon (Oud) - Asia Min
[09]. Udi Hrant, Tassos Halkias, Emin Gunduz - Oriental Improvisati
[10]. Nick Demetrius And The Athenian Forum - The Shadow Of Your Sm
[11]. Chris Vardakis And His Orchestra - Greek Fire
[12]. Michael Hart Ochestra - Sailor Dance
[13]. Artie Barsamian And His Ensemble - Shev Acher
[14]. Enseble Sharqi - Elliniko
[15]. Hakki Obadia, Eddie Sheik Hochak - Ripples Of The Nile
[16]. Hakki Obadia, Eddie Sheik Hochak - Village Feast
[17]. Hakki Obadia, Eddie Sheik Hochak - Red Sea Blues
[18]. Nick Gounaris - Allah

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Star of the East "Oum Kalsoum" [Re-Up]

Posted By MiOd On Monday, July 13, 2009 1 comments
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Egyptian-born vocalist Umm Kulthūm (1904-1975) is considered perhaps the most famous singer in the modern Arab world. Her unique and masterful singing style appealed to her fellow Egyptians as well as to other Arabs due to its great range and virtuosity, and for many her singing was a symbol of the Egyptian national spirit during the period from Egypt's emergence from British colonial rule through the first decades of that country's independence.
Oum Kalsoum - Anthologie De La Musique Arabe [7CD set]
Oum Kalsoum - Anthologie [Best of] [5 CD set]
Oum Kalsoum - Diva of Arab Music - The Gold Collection [2CD set]
Oum Kalsoum - Lumière sur le désert
Oum Kalsoum - ANTA OUMRI
Oum Kalsoum - Robayat El Khayam, Chams El Assil
Oum Kalsoum - LAILET HOB

Andre Rieu- Live at the Royal Albert

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Monday, July 13, 2009 3 comments

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Putumayo Presents: Rumba Flamenco

Posted By Jazzmen On Monday, July 13, 2009 0 comments
The passion of flamenco and Latin rhythms unite to create a sensual and soulful musical fusion

Putumayo presents Rumba Flamenco, a collection of upbeat music with influences from Spanish flamenco, salsa, and pop. Popularized worldwide by the Gipsy Kings, rumba flamenco (also known as gypsy rumba) is a blend of flamenco with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Rumba Flamenco brings attention to some of the many artists who share the same musical traditions as the Gipsy Kings. Gypsy rumba originated in the Catalan regions of northeastern Spain and southern France. This accessible and upbeat style of flamenco has attracted fans across the globe. Rumba Flamenco features music that reflects the soul of the gypsies, the passion of flamenco, and the irresistible beats of Cuba.

[01]. Maita Vende Ca • Rankankin • (Spain)
[02]. Javier Ruibal • Isla Mujeres • (Spain)
[03]. Ojos de Brujo • Vacileo • (Spain)
[04]. Wafir • Lei • (Sudan/Spain)
[05]. Peret • Una Chica Muy Guapa • (Spain)
[06]. Ziroq • Que Pena • (USA/Spain)
[07]. Eric Fernandez • Shalom Israel • (France)
[08]. Chico and the Gypsies • Tengo Tengo • (France)
[09]. De Madera • Canaveral • (USA/Australia/Colombia)
[10]. Ojos de Brujo • Tesoro • (Spain)
[11]. Gitano Family • Hommage Aux Marquises • (France)
[12]. Ricao • Malacutum • (France)
[13]. Energipsy • Joselito • (France)

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Putumayo Presents: Gypsy Groove

Posted By Jazzmen On Monday, July 13, 2009 1 comments
Balkan beats and gypsy jams from the dance floors of Eastern Europe and beyond
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Plugging along with their Grooves series, Putumayo's Gypsy Groove album collects a series of slinky, groovy pieces from the dance clubs of Eastern Europe, with a few diversions here and there. Music of the various gypsy groups has found its way over the years into any number of musical forms, from flamenco to "modern" brass band affairs. As such, it's not too surprising to find an updated version is making the rounds of the Euro dancehalls. The album opens with a nice piece courtesy of Stani Vana's !DelaDap out of Prague, then moves to a combination of brass band and bass thumping from Shantel (both Shantel and !DelaDap will make appearances in remixes later in the album). Czech rapper starts out with a bit of a traditional ballad before moving into a smooth delivery of rap with some hints of other Euro-rappers (not quite as smooth as an MC Solaar, but much smoother than the more aggressive American forms). Shantel comes back over the top of a klezmer band, and New York-based Balkan Beat Box contributes a more laid-back number from their debut album. Making a quick move from Eastern Europe all the way to Central Asia, Uzbek singer Karen Gafurdjanov provides a dance track with a beat straight from the mid-'90s and a vocal track hailing from the qawwali tradition. Slovenian disco-funk, a schizophrenic dance hit from Hungary, and an excellent piece from Kistehen Tánczenekar that sounds like it could have come from Brazil's lounge scene all pave the way for a couple of additional remixes to close out the album. As with the other items in Putumayo's Grooves series, this one makes for an excellent casual party album, but is probably even better as a vehicle for a highly eclectic set of music that still hangs coherently together via the love of a danceable groove and the elusive-to-name but always-present gypsy soul in the music. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

[01]. !DelaDap • Zsa Manca • (Czech Republic/Hungary) [02]. Shantel • Bucovina • (Germany)
[03]. • Jednou • (Czech Republic)
[04]. Amsterdam Klezmer Band • Sadagora Hot Dub • (Netherlands)
[05]. Balkan Beat Box • Sunday Arak • (USA/Israel)
[06]. Karen Gafurdjanov • Yor Uzga • (Uzbekistan)
[07]. Magnifico & Turbolentza • Zh Ne Sui Pa Pur Tua • (Slovenia)
[08]. Anselmo Crew • Süt Ictim Dilim Yandi • (Hungary)
[09]. Kistehén Tánczenekar • Virágok a Réten • (Hungary)
[10]. Luminescent Orchestrii • Amari Szi,Amari • (USA)
[11]. Eastenders • Vino Iubirea Mea • (Germany)

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Putumayo Presents: Gypsy Caravan

Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 12, 2009 0 comments
Gypsy musicians from Spain, Hungary and beyond take us on a mysterious and entrancing musical journey
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Gypsies (or Roma, as they prefer to call themselves) are one of the most misunderstood and unfairly stereotyped cultures on the planet. Much of what is known about them comes from media treatments that only scratch the surface of this colorful and complex culture. This new release from Putumayo is an effort to break down those stereotypes by dipping into some of the permutations of Romani music from various European countries. As might be expected, music from Hungary makes up the bulk of the tracks (five out of 11), but there are some fine examples of French gypsy jazz (Coco Briaval's tribute to Django Reinhardt, the classic "Les Yeux Noirs" ["Dark Eyes"]) and Spanish flamenco (Miguel Angel Cortés' "Al Likindoy"). With the exception of these tracks and one or two others, much of what is here has a rustic, folkloric quality, with simple arrangements and straightforward harmonies. Hungarian quartet Kalyi Jag uses only guitar with milk jug percussion in its subtle yet infectious "Mori Shej, Sabina" ("My Daughter, Sabina"). As with many Putumayo releases, this is not intended to be the definitive genre sampler. It is more a primer in Gypsy Music 101, a not-so-in-depth survey of a smattering of styles. The liner notes are typically breezy and informative enough for the casual listener. As usual, there are no translations of the lyrics, but the spirit of the music makes up for this. ~ Peggy Latkovich, All Music Guide

[01]. Romanyi Rota • Divi Divi, So Kerdjan • (Hungary)
[02]. Kalyi Jag • Movi Shei, Sabina • (Hungary)
[03]. Saban Bajramovic • Pena • (Serbia)
[04]. Vlatko Stefovski • Gipsy Song • (Macedonia)
[05]. Coco Briaval • Les Yeux Noirs • (France)
[06]. Thierry Robin • L'Amour S'Envole • (France)
[07]. Miguel Angel Cortes • Al Likindoy • (Spain)
[08]. Romanyi Rota • Korkore Zav Ande Kalyi Ratyi • (Hungary)
[09]. Amaro Suno • Kutka Avel e Sej Bari • (Hungary)
[10]. Djelem • Codru • (Moldova/Ukraine/Canada)
[11]. Ando Drom • Sza Tele Zsav • (Hungary)

Bonus Tracks

[12]. I Gitanos - Fulli Tschei
[13]. I Gitanos - Ab i Reisa
[14]. Yorgos Koros ( Grecia) - En un lugar extrangero
[15]. Banda Fl?rinos ( Grecia) - Sousta
[16]. Eleni Legaki ( Grecia) - Lobos de mar
[17]. Alkistis Protpsalti ( Grecia) - Gasolinera
[18]. Django Reinhardt ( France) - Inm Confessin
[19]. Django R - Ihad my moments
[20]. Django R - I got Rythm

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Putumayo Presents: Samba Bossa Nova

Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 12, 2009 1 comments
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The burgeoning new scene in Brazilian music that began in 2000 continues to grow, as a new generation reinterprets and redefines the classic ideas of samba and bossa nova. Some are the children of those who made the music in the first place, while others simply have their own take on the sound, and this compilation does a fair, if not complete, job of bringing it all into focus. However, without Bebel Gilberto, or the late, glorious Suba, to name but two, it can never be more than a partial glimpse, so be warned. Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum combines descendants of the great Antonio Carlos Jobim with Jacques and Paula Morelenbaum for some beautiful chamber samba/bossa, a world away from the almost avant-garde imagination of Moreno Veloso, the son of Caetano Veloso, who throws all sorts of strangeness into the mix on the classic "Deusa Do Amor" -- but makes it work. For the most part, however, these performers don't stray too far from the tried and true. Even London-based Da Lata, who mixes electronica and mild club beats with live instruments and vocals, don't really push the envelope too hard. Still, there's a beauty in the music here, one which is timeless, and everything here is performed with a real feeling that lifts samba, and particularly bossa nova, out of the tacky lounge rut it had fallen into for too many years. While not the be-all and end-all, this is a very pleasant way to pass an hour or so. ~ Chris Nickson, All Music Guide

[01]. Quarteto Jobim-Morelenbaum • Eu e O Meu Amor/Lamento No Morro
[02]. Da Lata • Cores
[03]. Jairzinho Oliveira • Papo do Psicólogo
[04]. Jussara Silveira • Lá Vem a Baiana
[05]. Moreno Veloso • Deusa do Amor
[06]. Jorge Aragão • Preto, Cor Preta
[07]. Eliete Negreiros • Meu Mundo é Hoje
[08]. Paulinho Moska • Admiração
[09]. Rosa Passos • E Luxo So
[10]. Márcio Faraco • Feitiço Da Vila
[11]. Rita Ribeiro • Banho Cheiroso

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Putumayo Presents: Afro-Latino

Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 12, 2009 0 comments
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Far from a typical salsa release, Putumayo Presents: Afro Latino is an intriguing compilation that examines the relationship between African music and Afro-Cuban music in the 1990s. African rhythms were instrumental in the development of son, cha cha, mambo, guaguanco, and other Cuban styles that came to be called salsa, and things really became ironic when artists in different parts of Africa started embracing salsa. Spanning 1995-1998, this 12-song CD boasts salsa recordings by both African and Cuban artists. Tam-Tam 2000's "Me Vuelvo Guajiro," Ricardo Lemvo's "Mambo Yo Yo," and Africando's "Yah Boy" reveal how exciting it can be when artists from Senegal and the Congo combine modern African pop (especially soukous) with salsa, while Cuban recordings like Papi Oviedo's "Vivo en el Monte," Cuarteto Oriente's "Mueve la Cintura Mulata" and Conjunto Céspedes' "Aideu" can serve as reminders of the rhythmic debt that Cubans owe to Africans. And to make things even more interesting, Putumayo also includes Peruvian singer Julian Avalos and Afro-Andes' "Mujer Magica," an engaging combination of Afro-Cuban and South American elements. Full of surprises, this is a superb collection that lovers of both African and Afro-Cuban music shouldn't miss. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

[01]. Me Vuelvo Guajiro , Tam Tam 2000
[02]. Mambo Yo Yo , Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
[03]. Yah Boy , Africando
[04]. El Son De Llama , Orchestre Baobab De Dakar
[05]. Galo Negro , Sam Mangwana
[06]. Vivo En El Monte , Papi Oviedo
[07]. Mujer Magica , Julian Avalos And Afro Andes
[08]. Mueve La Cintura Mulata , Cuarteto Oriente
[09]. Adama Coly , 4 Etoiles
[10]. Kolonial , Ruy Mingas
[11]. Me Dieron La Clave , Vieja Trova Santiaguera
[12]. Aideu , Conjunto Céspedes

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Afro Cuban All Stars - Step Forward (The Next Generation)

Posted By Jazzmen On Sunday, July 12, 2009 0 comments
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The Afro-Cuban All Stars are back with a bold new statement for the future. They look boldly toward the horizon with their fourth release, Step Forward: The Next Generation. As the best-publicized "multi-generational" group in the genre, the All Stars may have the best claim of knowledge for what is to come, housing both living legends and tomorrow's heavy hitters. However, the generally mellow timbre of the record would suggest that perhaps the leadership of the group is not looking to the horizon for inspiration, but watching the sunset. The groove of the record is confident and funky, and at times very swinging. However, the boastful title may mislead loyal fans. There are moments that feel distinctly like a walk down memory lane, not through the blistering-hot creative forge. That said, leader Juan de Marcos Gonzlez has a playlist that is sure to please, packed with delightful musical moments. The record is a tapestry of styles that have found their way through the Cuban transom, including the sensual bolero "Preludio y Fuga," the stately danzon "Glicy's Mood," and "Addimu a Chango," a funky disco/songo mix. Though the Afro-Cuban All Stars clearly don't have their ear to the street or finger on the pulse of the next generation, they do what they always have, and they do it quite well. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, All Music Guide

[01]. (Juan de Marcos & Dave Alfaro)
[02]. Adivinador (Tirso Duarte)
[03]. Barbaridad (Dave Alfaro)
[04]. Lo Dicen Todas (Arsenio Rodriguez)
[05]. Addimu A Chango (Traditional arranged by Juan de Marcos & Edesio Alejandro) [06]. Glicy's Mood (Juan de Marcos)
[07]. Preludio Y Fuga (Juan de Marcos)
[08]. Esperanza (Luis "Achy" Lang)
[09]. A Maria Le Gusta (Juan de Marcos)
[10]. El Bolero De Juan Carlos (Juan Carlos Marin)
[11]. On The Road Again (Sebastian Santa Maria & Bernard Lavilliers)
[12]. Elegia A Ruben Gonzalez (Juan de Marcos)

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Putumayo Presents The Best Of Folk Music

Posted By Jazzmen On Saturday, July 11, 2009 0 comments
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This collection, put together by the clothing chain Putumayo, is a good survey of some of the newer nationally known folk singer/songwriters. It contains cuts drawn from their own commercial and indie releases. Featured are Catie Curtis, John Gorka, Gregg Troupers and Dougie Maclean. For people unfamiliar with the acoustic revival, this is a good introduction. ~ Richard Meyer, All Music Guide

[01]. Mary Black - Past the Point of Rescue
[02]. John Steward - Irresistible Targets
[03]. Indigo Girls - Hammer and a Nail
[04]. Greg Trooper - Ireland
[05]. Christine Lavin - Never Go Back
[06]. John McCutcheon - Know When To Move
[07]. Joan Baez - Play Me Backwards
[08]. Dougie Maclean - Turning Away
[09]. Kristen Hall - Out in the Country
[10]. Greg Brown - Who Woulda Thunk It
[11]. Catie Curtis - Mine Fields (From Years to Hours)
[12]. John Gorka - B.B. King was Wrong
[13]. Cliff Eberhardt - My Father's Shoes

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Putumayo Presents: French Cafe

Posted By Jazzmen On Saturday, July 11, 2009 0 comments
Putumayo Presents: Africa (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Asia (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Blues (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Brazil (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Caribbean (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Cairo To Casablanca
Putumayo Presents: Sahara Lounge
Putumayo Presents: Mali to Mepmphis
Putumayo Presents: World Playground
Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Arabia
Putumayo Presents: Tango Around the World
Putumayo Presents: Salsa Around The World
Putumayo Presents: Turkish Groove
A Putumayo Blend - Music from the Coffee Lands
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Putumayo's first geographically based CD after their tenth anniversary celebrations, French Café covers the narrow concept of café music in an admirable manner, including a number of styles that have made their way through the Parisian café systems and/or are inspired by the work of previous artists among the café elite. Some of the classic performers from the Parisian scene are presented here, from the old Georges Brassens recordings, to a sultry little number from Brigitte Bardot, to the chanson innovator Serge Gainsbourg. Some of the more contemporary innovators on the market also appear here in force, from the jazzy Paris Combo, to the kicked-up string jazz of Sansévérino, to the smoother, half-dance music of Enzo Enzo. The album on the whole has a careful little bounce to it that's inherent in much of French contemporary music. It forces the listener to tap their feet, but not quite hard enough to force any dancing. It's this careful line that the music walks throughout the album. Vocals are expressive, but not so much that they scream emotion. It's all implied, but rarely given explicitly, and the music echoes this concept. There are certainly some omissions to be had here (Edith Piaf being perhaps the most notable), but on the whole Putumayo did a fine job in compiling the major styles and figures of the field. The album might be a little thin for those who are already devotees of the café atmosphere, but it makes for a fine introduction. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

[01]. Paris Combo • Fibre de Verre
[02]. Serge Gainsbourg • Marilou Sous La Neige
[03]. Barbara • Si la Photo est Bonne
[04]. Enzo Enzo • Juste Quelqu'un de Bien
[05]. Georges Brassens • Je M'Suis Fait Tout Petit
[06]. Jane Birkin • Elaeudanla Téïtéïa
[07]. Coralie Clément • La Mer Opale
[08]. Mathieu Boogaerts • Ondulé
[09]. Brigitte Bardot • Un Jour Comme un Autre
[10]. Paris Combo • On N'a Pas Besoin
[11]. Sanseverino • Mal ô Mains
[12]. Baguette Quartette • En Douce
[13]. Polo • La Fée Clochette

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Andre Rieu- Valses

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Saturday, July 11, 2009 1 comments

Known as "the Waltz King of Europe," Andre Rieu was raised on classical music and began taking fiddling lessons at the age of five. He conducts the Strauss Opera and has recorded public-television specials in the United States as well as musical albums for Polygram. Of the latter, both Strauss & Co. as well as In Concert made several European charts in late 1996. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide


Andre Rieu- A dream come true "dvdrip"

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Saturday, July 11, 2009 0 comments

Known as "the Waltz King of Europe," Andre Rieu was raised on classical music and began taking fiddling lessons at the age of five. He conducts the Strauss Opera and has recorded public-television specials in the United States as well as musical albums for Polygram. Of the latter, both Strauss & Co. as well as In Concert made several European charts in late 1996. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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Putumayo Presents: Turkish Groove "H.Q"

Posted By Jazzmen On Friday, July 10, 2009 0 comments
Putumayo Presents: Africa (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Asia (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Blues (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Brazil (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Caribbean (Series)
Putumayo Presents: Cairo To Casablanca
Putumayo Presents: Sahara Lounge
Putumayo Presents: Mali to Mepmphis
Putumayo Presents: World Playground
Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Arabia
Putumayo Presents: Tango Around the World
Putumayo Presents: Salsa Around The World
A Putumayo Blend - Music from the Coffee Lands
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An excellent compilation of contemporary Turkish pop, this album shows off the fusion of old and new that typifies Turkey itself, as well as its music scene. Much of the fare here is simple catchy pop, but with elements of more classical forms and influences from around both Europe and Central Asia. The mix of electronic instrumentation and the basic qanun and saz create an interesting sound not entirely unlike some of the Arab DJ output of recent years. The focus is generally on the vocals of course, given the pop nature of the majority of the pieces here. With that said, the vocals are almost always as they should be: dramatic, full, occasionally even a little throaty. Always emotive though, as they are wont to be in much Europop as well as Middle Eastern songs. The performers on the album range from the massive stars (such as Tarkan and Mustafa Sandal, the "Justin Timberlake of Turkey") to the classic (Sezen Aksu) to the almost unknown (Gulseren, for example is a small star in France, but just now making ground in Turkey). As with most of the other Groove albums on Putumayo, the album is excellent as an example of fusion both culturally and temporally. A nice addition to most collections. ~ Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide

[01]. Bendeniz • Kirmizi Biber
[02]. Mustafa Sandal • Kalmadi
[03]. Sertab • Buda
[04]. Nilgül • Piş Pişla
[05]. Tarkan • Dudu
[06]. Gülseren • Şinanay
[07]. Emrah • Kusursuzsun
[08]. Göksel • Ayrilik Günü
[09]. Tuğba Ekinci • Oha Falan Oldum Yani
[10]. Nazan Öncel • Atiyosun
[11]. Sezen Aksu • Şanima Inanma

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Andre Rieu - La Vie Est Belle "DVDrip"

Posted By Kochaye.Kharabat On Friday, July 10, 2009 4 comments

Known as "the Waltz King of Europe," Andre Rieu was raised on classical music and began taking fiddling lessons at the age of five. He conducts the Strauss Opera and has recorded public-television specials in the United States as well as musical albums for Polygram. Of the latter, both Strauss & Co. as well as In Concert made several European charts in late 1996. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide