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Anouar Brahem
John Surman
Dave Holland
Thimar

Anouar Brahem oud
John Surman bass clarinet and soprano saxophone
Dave Holland double-bass
 
Badhra
Kashf
Houdouth
Talwin
Waqt
Uns
Al Hizam Al Dhahbi
Qurb
Mazad
Kernow
Hulmu Rabia

Recorded March 1997
ECM 1641
 
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A strikingly attractive "transcultural" project initiated by Tunisian oud virtuoso Anouar Brahem, who is both an innovator and a traditionalist in the deepest sense (he has been credited with "restoring the sovereignty of the oud" in Tunisian music). There is no glib fusion of traditions on Thimar but rather a coming together of three very distinctive musicians who sacrifice none of their individuality in the search for common ground. Arab classical music and jazz are the reference points here, but Anouar Brahem, John Surman and Dave Holland meet as improvisors not limited by genre definition.