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6-02-2014, 23:17
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Amir ElSaffar - Alchemy (2013)

Artist: Amir ElSaffar
Title Of Album: Alchemy
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Pi Recordings
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 69:52 min
Total Size: 161 / 414 MB


1. Ishtarum 7:47
2. Nid Qablitum 5:08
3. Embubum - Ishtarum - Pitum 10:56
4. 12 Cycles 7:07
5. Quartal 6:08
6. Balad 4:43
7. Five Phases 8:08
8. Athar Kurd 9:24
9. Miniature #1 2:59
10. Ending Piece 7:32

Alchemy is the latest chapter in trumpeter Amir ElSaffar s continuing investigation into the tonal systems of Middle Eastern cultures within a jazz context. A recent recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been residing mostly in Egypt for the last year, further absorbing the musical language of that region. However, unlike his three prior releases on Pi Recordings Two Rivers (2007) and Inana (2011), which relied heavily on the Iraqi maqam for their structural form and instrumentation; and Radif Suite (2009) with saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, which utilized a musical system devised specifically for that group Alchemy finds ElSaffar writing for a standard jazz quintet with a sound distilled through his highly personal harmonic vocabulary, one that draws on microtonality and the maqam. ElSaffar s quintet is made up of some of the top improvising musicians in New York: John Escreet (piano) is an innovative and adventurous pianist with six albums under his own name; Francois Moutin (bass), who plays with unparalleled chops on his instrument, leads the Moutin Reunion Quartet; and Dan Weiss (drums), who in addition to leading his own trio, plays with Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon, Dave Binney and countless others. Tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen who is a master of microtonal playing contributes beautifully controlled and technically dazzling playing, and serves as the perfect foil to ElSaffar on the front line. Together the band tackles this challenging music with creative aplomb.

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