Rock The Tabla / Various - Rock The Tabla (CD)


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Rock The Tabla
Arc Music
Naxos of America
Mono / Stereo
JazzTimes (p.61) - "A true world-music project, this gathering incorporates percussionist Hossam Ramzy with Indian keyboardist composer A.R. Rahman, Turkey's double-reed virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek, French drummer Manu Katche and the great drummer Billy Cobham."
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South Africa
World - Fusion
Release Date
10 October 2011
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Arabantana
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Cairo To India
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Six Teens
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Ancient Love Affairs
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Shukran Arigato
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Bluesy Flusey
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Billy Dancing
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Sawagy
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Dom & Doumbia
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Rock the Tabla
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] This Could Lead To Dancing

Liner Note Authors: Diz Heller; Hossam Ramzy.
Recording information: Drumzy Studios, West Sussex; Expandibubble Studios, East Sussex; Panchathan Record Inn/AM Studios, Chennai; Real World Studios, Chippenham, UK; Studio Piccolo; Wave Studios, Cairo.
Photographers: Andr‚ Elbing; Samantha Wordie; Rey Alvarado; Pierre Emile Bertona; Xavier Hallauer.
Translators: Diz Heller; Jeannine Blanpain.
After countless albums under his own name and guesting on other people's, the Egyptian percussionist comes out with something very high profile indeed. With people like jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Bollywood composer A. R. Rahman, and Turkey's Omar Tekbilek on board, it couldn't be anything less than stellar, and Ramzy has pulled out all the stops here. Although Egypt is at the core of everything, Rock the Tabla glides musically into many corners of the world, as on "Cairo to India," which brings two countries together quite naturally (as does the bonus cut, "This Could Lead to Dancing," which goes out on a glorious swirl of strings). In between, there's some stellar jazz-inflected material in "Six Teens," where Cobham offers a reminder of why he's so lauded, a pair of percussion duets (Egypt meets Japanese taiko drums and Egypt goes to Mali), and some Maghrebi pop on "Sawagy." The true highlight, however, is the title track, one of the best pieces of Arab rock to ever come out of a pair of speakers, with Tekbilek bringing the mizmar and a carefully unnamed guitarist who sounds suspiciously like a '70s icon (Ramzy worked on Page & Plant's Unledded), giving the tune some hard electric lines that really power it, and which might just be Ramzy's best composition to date. Unsurprisingly, all the percussion is mixed high, but not at the expense of everything else, and listening to the players is like attending a master class in musicality. It's certainly Ramzy's most inspired release in years. He's working with people he admires and who push him hard. The joy is hearing him -- and everyone else -- deliver. ~ Chris Nickson

Date Released
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PCM Audio
Studio / Live
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Hossam Ramzy
Hossam Ramzy
  1. Ramzy, Hossam
52m 56s
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