Sunday, 29 May 2011

Ibrahim Maalouf - Diasporas (2007)



Format: flac + cue + log
Genre:free jazz, free music, modern jazz, folk jazz, avant-garde jazz
Release Date: 2007
Label: Mi'ster Productions



By CHRIS MAY

Paris-based trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf's moody mix of jazz, groove and Lebanese traditional music comes across rather like a cut-up novel by William Burroughs or a collection of short stories by Paul Bowles, or at least a shot in that direction. Partly it's the source material, in which Maalouf's east Mediterranean musical heritage replaces those authors' fascination with Morocco; partly it's the structure of the album, in which a series of relatively brief, cross-referential tracks, most lasting between two and less than five minutes, are assembled in an episodic collage. Though carefully put together over three years, the music has an attractively rough-edged feel: hot, sun baked and m'hashish, as Moroccans would say (and as the title of the fourth track confirms)....





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