July 5, 2015 – 6:06 am

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France 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Jazz à Vienne, Théâtre Antique, Vienne, France; June 29, 2015. Very good FM broadcast.

Tunisian Dhafer Youssef is a composer, singer and oud player. He developed an interest in jazz at an early age and clandestinely listened to it during his education at a Qur’anic school. He later left Tunisia to start a jazz career and has lived in Europe since 1990, usually in Paris or Vienna. - wikipedia

In 2013, he released Birds Requiem, of which several of the tracks were performed at this Vienne show. Reviewing the album, Glenn Astarita wrote at allaboutjazz.com:

Tunisian oud maestro Dhafer Youssef imparts a holistic world music vista, encompassing jazz, rock and spiritual inclinations while retaining the core Arabic modalities on the aurally picturesque Birds Requiem. And his chant-like, resonating vocals entwine mystical attributes with near-flawless control amid passages that induce an impression of sacred exchanges with a higher entity.

On March 18, 2015, three terrorists attacked the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, and took hostages. Twenty-one people, mostly European tourists, were killed at the scene, while an additional victim died 10 days later. Around 50 others were injured. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack.

On June 26, 2015, 38 people, 30 of whom were British, were killed when an armed gunman attacked a hotel in Port El Kantaoui, about 10 kilometres north of the city of Sousse, Tunisia. It was the deadliest non-state attack in the history of modern Tunisia, with more fatalities than the 22 killed in the Bardo National Museum attack in March 2015.

This is music for the current Muslim fasting month - perhaps through sacrifice and restrain, one can reflect and know more about oneself (click here).

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Thanks to elgaucho for sharing the tracks at Dime.

France Inter FM/ Naim Uniti / RH-09R / Audacity / Xact / Flac

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Track 01. Blending Souls & Shades (To Shiraz)/Odd Elegy 8:21 (14.0MB)
Track 02. Birds Canticum (Birds Requiem Suite) 8:32 (14.4MB)
Track 03. band introduction 1:10 (2.0MB)
Track 04. Fuga Hirundinum (Birds Requiem Suite) 9:55 (16.7MB)
Track 05. 39th Gulay (To Istanbul) 7:49 (13.1MB)
Track 06. Sweet Blasphemy 7:12 (12.1MB)
Track 07. Shata (Shatahat) 8:33 (14.4MB)
Track 08. Odd Poetry 12:41 (21.3MB)
Track 09. Khamsa (The Khamriyyat Of Abu Nuwas) 8:27 (14.2MB)
73 mins

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  1. 2 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: DHAFER YOUSSEF - FRANCE 2015”

  2. in 01 Blending Souls & Shades, there are some notes of Spain (Chick Corea)

    By Philippe on Jul 5, 2015

  3. This is a great posting, and stuff like this is why I come here. Thank you, BigO!

    By Bing Bongong on Jul 13, 2015

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