Friday, June 24, 2011

Le Trio Joubran Redefine Oud Artistry Today On "As Far"

The new album by the brothers Joubran, As Far (World Village WVF015), reaffirms that they are at the very pinnacle of Mid-Easterm music ensembles practicing today. On the level of oud artistry they are exceptional. The improvisatory passages are sublime, their ensemble music both of today and a product of a tradition that receives new life in their hands. Yousef Hbeisch makes excellent contributions in the percussion zone and for this album they are joined by guest vocalist Dhafer Youssef for some appropriate additional dimensions in key spots.

This is an ensemble of potent drive and quiet ruminescence. It is essential listening.

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