Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (LP) | ECM 5789542

Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams (LP)


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 5789542

Format: LP

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 13th October 2017



Anouar Brahem (oud)
Dave Holland (double bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Django Bates (piano)


Anouar Brahem (oud)
Dave Holland (double bass)
Jack DeJohnette (drums)
Django Bates (piano)


Released on the occasion of Anouar Brahem’s 60th birthday, Blue Maqams offers many reasons to celebrate. Recorded in New York’s Avatar Studios in May 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher, it brings the Tunisian oud master together with three brilliant improvisers, Django Bates, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.

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.

Blue Maqams is released on CD and on 180g vinyl (with a free download).

Side A
1. Opening Day
2. La Nuit
3. Bom Dia Rio
Side B
1. Blue Maqams
2. Bahia
3. La Passante
Side C
1. Persepolis’s Mirage
Side D
1. The Recovered Road to Al-Sham
2. Unexpected Outcome

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