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Released for his 60th birthday, Blue Maqams offers many reasons to celebrate. It brings the Tunisian oud master together with three brilliant improvisers: the “Maqams” of the title refers to the Arabic modal music system, rendered kind of blue by the jazz players. Brahem meets Jack DeJohnette and British pianist Django Bates for the first time here. All musicians rise superbly to the challenge of Brahem’s compositions.
The "Maqams" of the title refers to the Arabic modal music system, rendered kind of blue by the jazz players. For Anouar Brahem and renowned bassist Dave Holland the album marks a reunion: they first collaborated 20 years ago on the very widely-acclaimed Thimar album.
Brahem meets Jack DeJohnette for the first time here, but Holland and DeJohnette have been frequent musical partners over the last half-century beginning with ground-breaking work with Miles Davis ? their collaborations are legendary. British pianist Django Bates also rises superbly to the challenge of Brahem's compositions. And Anouar in turn is inspired to some of his most outgoing playing.
1. Opening Day
2. La nuit
3. Blue Maqams
5. La passante
1. Bom Dia Rio
2. Persepolis's Mirage
3. The Recovered Road To Al-Sham
4. Unexpected Outcome