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The Astounding Eyes Of Rita

Anouar Brahem

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"Albums as perfect as this appear rarely ... beats anything I’ve heard from (Brahem) yet ... a continuous arabesque, wind and strings intertwining against a trance-like rhythmic pulse."
- The Independent

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1
The Lover Of Beirut
Anouar Brahem
7:37
2
Dance With Waves
Anouar Brahem
3:58
3
Stopover At Djibouti
Anouar Brahem
6:34
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The Astounding Eyes Of Rita
Anouar Brahem
8:42
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Al Birwa
Anouar Brahem
4:50
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Galilée mon amour
Anouar Brahem
7:16
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Waking State
Anouar Brahem
7:47
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For No Apparent Reason
Anouar Brahem
6:35
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Total Playing Time    53:19
"Four Stars ... (a) vivacious quartet set ... a richly varied and often thrilling piece of world jazz ... dreamily deep-toned pieces tanta­liz­ingly imply impending dances long before they arrive ..."
- The Guardian

"After two discs of sparer chamber music, it's great to hear Brahem back with a pulse; he's retained the elusive mystery of (past) albums ... his most aesthetically unified album to date."
- All About Jazz

"Cultures caress rather than clash here, thanks mostly to the centralizing force of Brahem’s fluid and sensitive touch on his instrument, his improvisational fluency and his meditative yet sturdy compositions ... one of the more interesting, rewarding and successful experiments on the dangerous turf where so-called 'world music' and jazz meet."
- JazzTimes.com

Innovative Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem and his quartet present this delighful project, released in 2009, featuring an "East meets West" lineup of bass clarinet combined with traditional sounds and instruments. Brahem's quartet members Klaus Gesing on clarinet and Björn Meyer on electric bass are both players with an affinity for musical sources beyond jazz and they interact persuasively inside Brahem’s music, while Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine completes the quartet with the dark, warm sounds of his darbouka and frame drum. Brahem has dedicated this album to the memory of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded October 2008 Artesuono Studio, Udine
Engineer: Stefano Amerio
Cover Photo: Fouad Elkoury
Liner Photos: Luca d’Agostino
Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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