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Anouar Brahem
Le pas du chat noir

Anouar Brahem oud
François Couturier piano
Jean Louis Matinier accordion
Le pas du chat noir
De tout ton cœur
Leila au pays du carrousel
Pique-nique à Nagpur
C'est ailleurs
Toi qui sait
L'arbre qui voit
Un point bleu
Les ailes du Bourak
Rue du départ
Leila au pays du carrousel, var.
Déjà la nuit

Recorded July 2001
ECM 1792
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Hypnotic, magnetic new album by Anouar Brahem which adds a new dimension to our knowledge of this exceptional Tunisian musician. "Le pas du chat noir" gives the clearest indication yet of the work of Brahem as composer and features a spacious "chamber music" that resonates with the freshness of improvisation. The instrumentation is unique: oud, piano, accordion. Brahem's writing for this combination is highly evocative, meticulously controlled and sparse. Half of the magic, as he notes, resides in the not-played, in the marvellous mingling of overtones, sounds that rise from the piano to blend with the warm tones of the oud and the breath of the accordion's bellows.