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Beyond Istanbul Urban Sounds Of Turkey, 2
Turkish-styled hip hop, trip hop, electronica, soul, Balkan Beats, you name it, from Istanbul club and chillout culture.



Anouar Brahem The Astounding Eyes Of Rita
Crafted, swinging, soulful Middle Eastern jazz, led by oud and bass clarinet. Dedicated to the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. (Why he didn't win the Nobel Prize isn't a mystery.)



Turkey Music From The Yayla
Ceremonial music from villages in south-west Turkey, featuring a range of saz lutes, violin, and sipsi (a small oboe).



Yemen Hasan al-Ajami, The Singing Of Sanaa
Classical themes of courtly love, nostalgia, absence, from sublime fourteenth-century texts, done the old-fashioned way, with fine qanbus (Yemenite, not Oriental lute), and copper plate percussion.



Mohammed Ismail al-Khamisi Song And Percussion
A copper plate is balanced on the thumbs the left hand fingers embellish the melody, played by the right (a bit like a Yemenite Bongo Joe). The songs are in the national tradition of courtly love.



Saudi Arabia Mohammed Aman, The Tradition Of Hejaz
Fine singing and oud-playing, with zither and violin, and the percussion which characterises the hejaz style nasgar and naqrazan, darbuka and tar, both held at the same time in the left hand, struck by the right.



Egypt The Musicians Of The Nile
Epic poetry wrapped up in the rabab viol (a coconut shell covered with fish skin, with a long, spiked handle, two horsehair strings), the vertical suffara flute, the arghul double clarinet, droning and melodious.



Edalat Nasibov Azerbaijan, The Art Of The Saz
Dazzlingly virtuosic, compellingly physical, innovative playing in the long ashyq tradition. Nasibov plays his Azeri lute with five fingers normally it's three to his own widescreen tuning.



Alim Qasimov The Art of The Mugham
The greatest singer of his generation presenting the classical music of Azerbaijan, accompanied on the tar lute and the kamancha viol by the Mansurov brothers.



Anouar Brahem Le Voyage De Sahar
With Francois Couturier, piano; Jean Louis Matinier, accordion.



Anouar Brahem Thimar
John Surman, bass clarinet and soprano saxophone; Dave Holland, double-bass.



Anouar Brahem Astrakan Cafe
With Barbaros Erkose, clarinet; Lassad Hosni, bendir, darbouka.



Munir Bashir The Art Of The Ud
The don gorgon, ablaze in 1971.



3 Hur-el Hurel Arsivi
'A masterpiece of Turkish ethno-psychedelic delight... heavy hashish sound fuzz guitar, impassioned vocals and Eastern percussion...' Vinyl from Guerssen.



Lloyd Miller Oriental Jazz
Performances on TV in the 1960s.