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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.





Nightingales And Canaries
A radiant Nagoski selection from the 30s and 40s. Christian and Jewish US immigrants from Anatolia, Istanbul and Roumelia, flirty and rocking; more aching, artful performances from Turkish Muslim women.




Open Strings Early Virtuoso Recordings From The Middle East, And New Responses
Forgotten masterpieces, out-of-this-world improvisations from the 1920s; and dazzling commissions by Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs Of Admittance and co. 'Dextrous, frenzied, fearless... awesome' (Plan B).




Mustafa Ozkent Genclik Ile Elele
Ozkent built guitars with extra frets to accommodate both Western rock styles and the special tuning of the saz. 'Hand In Hand With Youth' was recorded in the Grafson studios of Istanbul in 1972.



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.



Qat, Coffee And Qambus Raw 45s From Yemen
Vintage 60s and 70s oud and vocal music — part of the classical Arabic musical tradition, yet taking its rhythmic lead as much from the East African coast (just twenty miles across the Red Sea).



Rabih Beaini Albidaya
RB aka Morphosis and Upperground cohorts: cello, sax, electronics; Lebanese folk, middle eastern jazz; 'tribal drums, marketplace noise, synth experiments, arpeggiated space transmissions, eerie Wu-Tang vocals.'



Salah Ragab Egyptian Jazz
Recorded in Heliopolis, Egypt, 1968-1973, with influences like Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Sun Ra (with whom Ragab toured extensively a decade later).



Elias Rahbani Mosaic Of The Orient
The younger of the two Rahbani brothers, who dominated and revolutionized Lebanese music in the 1960s. Drawing on the two volumes originally released in the mid-1970s.



Ramesh
'In 1970s Tehran, the classically-trained Ramesh played the serious, quiet marquesa against Googoosh’s languorous pop princess.' Vintage Iranian pop from rare singles: lutes, goblet drums, brass, strings, synths.