The sound of Anouar Brahem’s oud will immediately suggest classical Arabic music even to those who’ve never heard of Brahem or the oud. For many years, however, Brahem hasn’t been content to play in traditional settings. The cosmopolitan musician found a home with ECM in the ’80s, and since then his recordings have ranged from the divergent to the wildly divergent. This latest recording serves as a sequel to Brahem’s Le Pas du Chat Noir, which also featured Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier.
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