Hajj, Andre / Ensemble - Instrumental Music From Lebanon (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. International
    Number of Items
    Media Type
    Instrumental Music From Lebanon
    Country of Origin
    Arc Music
    Mono / Stereo
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] None
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    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] None
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Amaken [Places, Locations]
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Mafra' Tari [Road Bend]
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Mah' Iqaa
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Dafa [Warmth]
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Ahl el Hayy [Neighbourhood]
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Raqsa [A Dance]
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Mir [Prince]
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Shwayyet Hobb [Some Love]
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Tishreen
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Raheel (Departure)
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Khawater 2 [Thoughts 2]
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Zarkafand
    Traditional/world Music
    Release Date
    1 March 2010
    South Africa

    Personnel: Andre Hajj, Andr‚ Hajj (bouzouki, oud); David Abi Atme (qanoun); Raymond Nassif (violin, viola); Joseph Karam, Joseph Karam (ney); Oussama El Khatib (double bass); Raymond Hajj, Raymond Hajj (percussion).
    Liner Note Authors: Diz Heller; Andr‚ Hajj.
    Recording information: Raymond Hajj Studio, Lebanon.
    Translators: Diz Heller; Jeannine Blanpain; Ute Entwistle.
    Arrangers: Andre Hajj; Andr‚ Hajj.
    Though the album is labeled as specifically Lebanese, much Middle Eastern music, when played in an orchestral form, can sound strikingly similar. This is absolutely the case with Andr‚ Hajj's debut release on ARC. His oud playing is remarkable, and the qanun from David Atme carries the album for extended periods of interest. Despite that, with the basic Middle Eastern beats and the basic tabla/darbukka drumming of Raymond Hajj, the sound becomes similar to much of the other instrumental music of the region. Though the individuality of the recording may be relatively lacking, it is a fine recording. Where many other artists tend toward the use of Middle Eastern music as a basis for fusion rather than perfecting the traditional formats, Hajj holds the music lovingly, makes it his own, then carefully places it in front of the listener. The touches of Lebanon are subtle, placed in contrast to the larger structures of maqam, but the band treats the music well. Worth a listen for interested newcomers to Middle Eastern music who want something different than contemporary bellydance. ~ Adam Greenberg

    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    Andre Haji
    1. Hajj, Andre / Ensemble
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