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Anouar Brahem: Thimar

Traversing various ethnic musical traditions can be risky business, but Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem has found strong and workable paths to expressive synergy through improvisatory channels in his music. On his latest project for ECM, Thimar (Arabic for “fruits”), the masterful and subtle Brahem is joined by bassist Dave Holland and John Surman, on soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, both bold British musicians with a flexible enough musical grasp to rise to the challenge and the lyricism of the situation.

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