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Rabih Abou-Khalil

Prog Folk

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4.29 | 20 ratings | 2 reviews | 40% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sahara (8:18)
2. Tsarka (6:45)
3. Ziriab (6:49)
4. Blue Camel (8:20)
5. On Time (6:19)
6. A Night in the Mountains (8:37)
7. Rabou-abou-kabou (4:47)
8. Beirut (10:52)

Total time: 60:47


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Line-up / Musicians

- Rabih Abou-Khalil / oud
- Steve Swallow / bass
- Milton Cardona / congas
- Nabil Khaiat / frame drums
- Ramesh Shotham / South Indian drums, percussion
- Kenny Wheeler / flugelhorn, trumpet

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CD ENJ-7053 2 (Germany)

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Review by Seyo
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5 stars Although the classification of Abou-Khalil's music as progressive folk may be misleading, since it is far more close to jazz, it is equally wrong to take it under the jazz-rock/fusion banner for the simple reason: it is lacking the rock element!

However, such an eclectic mix of jazz and the mid-eastern folk traditions (improvised soli on trumpet, bass and oud-lute and varied percussive and dynamic patterns) can be even called Global Jazz Music in order to avoid misinterpretation of the overused World Music tag. What is more important than the genre label is the beautiful music that is equally atmospheric, ambient-oriented and creatively produced as a top quality contemporary jazz act.

Jazz music has long outgrowth its American roots of the Southern Black communities and developed throughout the 20th century spreading across the Globe and incorporating many local, indigenous folk traditions from all regions. Blue Camel is one of the masterpieces of that kind of musical creativity, which will certainly be cherished by the fans of progressive rock, particularly those favouring not only prog folk but also jazz rock, psychedelic and the so-called oriental sub-section of Krautrock (e.g. EMBRYO).

What is maybe even more important is that Rabih Abou-Khalil is the authentic artist, native of Middle East, who is able to adopt some of the Western tenets of jazz production and technique, much like the earlier Western prog rock musicians (from the classic pshychedelic/prog era of late 1960s) were able to enrich their music with many oriental ingredients.


P.A. RATING: 5/5

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3 stars This is a unique album in my collection in that it's part of the small but growing "world" music grouping. Indeed, it's quite inaccurate that this album is labeled under prog-folk as it is really a fusion of jazz and Arabic music. The album, all instrumental, blends Rabih Abou-Khalil's oud playi ... (read more)

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