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Astounding mastering as usual at Abbey Road. Wonderful artwork — linocuts — by Katharina Immekus.
'Superbly stylish in conception and packaging, it shows that small independent labels can still be an inspirational force' (Daily Telegraph); 'definitive and essential' (Brainwashed); 'stunning in its historical interest and musicianship' (Boston Phoenix); 'phenomenal and mesmerizing' (Dusted); 'one of the major phonographic salvage operations of our time' (The Wire).
'The archival finds are, without exception, phenomenal – and mesmerizing. The oud, the santour and spike fiddle dominate. There are other instruments, but without a little more familiarity with the region’s music traditions (of which three – Arabic,Turkish and Persian – are represented here), these are difficult to accurately identify. Honest Jon’s has intentionally foregone providing any notes, instead letting the listener engage directly with the pieces, all of them improvisational performances lasting about three minutes.
'The instrumental command on these performances simply dazzles. Blindingly fast runs through the high register get tempered with stretches of silence and a preternatural understanding of fluctuating tempos. Melodic inventiveness never fails to heighten the drama, making one want to follow each note of each piece, so as not to miss a detail. Nechat Bey, with five tracks here, is notable for his versatility, appearing on oud as well as spike fiddle. Adul Hussein Khan Shanazi, with three tracks, brings shape to even the fastest, densest passages. Starting with a simple passage of chording, his Mavaraounnahr builds into a complex weave of ecstatic chording and intricate rolls.
'At times, especially on the spike fiddle tunes from Sami Chawa as well as Mehmet and Ahmet Balki-Oglu, the nearly 90-year-old recordings predict all sorts of modern musical vocabulary, much of what we might consider experimental now. Chawa posits, in brief flashes, a particularly abrasive take on free improvisation, while the latter duo prefigure the current obsession with scraping, wavering drone.'
|All our MP3 downloads are high quality 256Kbps or 320Kbps|
|Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi - Homayoun||MP3 £0.50|
|Moustapha Bey Rida - Taxim Hugaz Kar Wahda||MP3 £0.50|
|Bahkesirli Fuat Bey - Nigris Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Tanbouri Ibrahim Bey Adham - Taxim Hidjaz||MP3 £0.50|
|Sami Chawa - Eerabi Fil Sahra||MP3 £0.50|
|Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi - Bidad||MP3 £0.50|
|Haigo - Shushtar||MP3 £0.50|
|Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi - Mofhalef Segah||MP3 £0.50|
|Sami Chawa - Taxim Nahawand Wahda||MP3 £0.50|
|Nechat Bey - Adjem Achiran Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Nechat Bey - Hidjaz Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Nechat Bey - Husseini Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Nechat Bey - Yeghia Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Kanoni Artaki - Soultanigiah||MP3 £0.50|
|Kementchedi Alecco - Kurduli Hidjazkiar Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Nechat Bey - Rast Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Oudi Yorgho - Seghiah Taxim||MP3 £0.50|
|Abdul Hussein Khan Shahnazi - Mavaraounnahr||MP3 £0.50|
|Tambouredji Osman Pehlivan - Anadol Kachik Havassi||MP3 £0.50|
|Mehmet And Ahmet Balki-Oglu - Aydin Oyun Havassi||MP3 £0.50|
|Sir Richard Bishop - Olive Oasis||MP3 £0.50|
|Micah Blue Smaldone - Mortissa||MP3 £0.50|
|Michael Flower - Lake Of Fire||MP3 £0.50|
|Charlie Parr - Paul Bunyan's Fall||MP3 £0.50|
|Six Organs Of Admittance - Goat, Thorns And Brick||MP3 £0.50|
|Bruce Licher - Mesopotamia||MP3 £0.50|
|Paul Metzger - Emel||MP3 £0.50|
|Rick Tomlinson - Surfin' UAE||MP3 £0.50|
|Steffen Basho-Junghans - Improvisation 6||MP3 £0.50|
|MV And EE - You Matter, Sometimes||MP3 £0.50|
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