From the frantic, scintillating playing of "Longa," with its brilliantly articulated oud and violin improvisations raising the temperature, this recording shines a bright light on traditional Arabic music. The complex rhythms of "Alwan Mizan" glide smoothly by, while "Cerga" demonstrates the dexterity of the musicians on a lovely Egyptian melody, showcasing the music's accessibility, rather than its foreignness. The slow, lengthy song "Bab Arraja" is a reminder that the Arabic vocal tradition is every bit as long and rich as the instrumental one.
By Chris Nickson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This is where the young folk revolution really began, the Ur-text, if you like. Recorded in 1984, when Kathryn Tickell was just 16, it not only helped paved the way for the virtuosity of a generation, but also brought th...
By Douglas Wolk on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Music by Rossini, Faure, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Berlin, Charpentier, Sousa and Bach
By Neal Pollack on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Turn these antiquated favorites around in the carousel of your mind. Featuring a great four-minute carillon recording of "La Marseillaise."
By Andy Battaglia on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Normal and innocuous until you really stop to listen, church bells ring in the hours and days with dizzying masses of clang and echo. They're also notoriously impossible to keep in tune, which bodes well for ears giv...