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Blue Flame by Simon Shaheen and Qantara

October 18, 2008

Blue Flame, the 2002 album from Palestinian oud player, composer and arranger Simon Shaheen, is an all-instrumental studio set that finds Shaheen and his multicultural group playing in a wide variety of styles: jazz, pop, folk, even Western classical. That’s right, it’s a ‘muso bloke showing off all that he can do’ kind of a session, but it’s a bloody good one. There are some nice melodies here (Waving Sands is particularly catchy); the band range from classical Arabic nay / flute player Bassam Saba to New York jazzbo guitarist Adam Rogers, and the production is bright, high quality stuff that never gets too slick. Granted there probably is a bit too much thrown into the pot (the Western classical stuff doesn’t really convince), but this is a surprisingly accessible and satisfying release, as well as being a showcase for Shaheen’s undeniable talents as a musician. –Jamie Renton

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The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab by Simon Shaheen

October 16, 2008

Master oud player and composer Simon Shaheen finds the perfect mix on this collection of Mohammed Abdel Wahab’s pieces. Wahab’s reputation looms large in Middle Eastern musical history; he set the standard for Egyptian music as a prolific writer — many of his pieces found the perfect voice in Umm Kulthum — and was a popular actor as well. Shaheen pays fine homage here with seven wonderful interpretations sparkling with oud and strings interplay. Thankfully, usually meddlesome producer Bill Laswell avoids making things sound like his old industrial fusion outfit, Material. ~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide

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Saltanah by Simon Shaheen & Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

October 16, 2008

Two master musicians engage in a fascinating dialogue, blending the Indian rag with the Arabian maqam. These two musical forms are beautifully complementary, but also contrast enough to make things interesting. ~ Tim Sheridan, All Music Guide

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