Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes Of Rita - ECM 2075

Anouar Brahem - The Astounding Eyes of Rita - ECM 2075
ECM 2075Release: September 2009

Anouar Brahem: oud;
Klaus Gesing: bass clarinet;
Björn Meyer: bass;
Khaled Yassine: darbouka, bendir

Delightful new project, assembled by Tunisian oud master Brahem with producer Manfred Eicher. Combination of bass clarinet with oud suggests a link to Anouar’s “Thimar” trio, but this East/West line-up often feels closer to the more traditionally-inclined sounds of “Barzakh” or “Conte de l’Incroyable Amour”. Klaus Gesing, from Norma Winstone’s Trio, and Björn Meyer, from Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, are both players with an affinity for musical sources beyond jazz, and they interact persuasively inside Brahem’s music. A dance of dark, warm sounds, urged onward by the darbouka and frame drum of Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine. The album is dedicated to the memory of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.