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IBRAHIM MAALOUF — KALTHOUM (September 25, 2015)

IBRAHIM MAALOUF — KALTHOUM (September 25, 2015)

 IBRAHIM MAALOUF — KALTHOUM (September 25, 2015)  IBRAHIM MAALOUF — KALTHOUM (September 25, 2015) ♦♦♦   “Kalthoum” a “Red & Black Light” jsou dvě alba k oslavě žen.
♦♦♦   “Kalthoum” je oslavou žen, které změnily běh dějin a jejichž umělecký vliv měl dopad i na našich současných životech. Tak jsem si vybral symbolickou postavu, jakýsi triangulační bod, označující skutečný mezník na mapě dějin arabského lidu a je to také hlas, který jsem slyšel nejčastěji od svého dětství: Oum Kalthoum. Narodila se r. 1904, zemřela v roce 1975.
♦♦♦   S pianistou Frankem Woestem jsme to celé “přeložili” do poměrně konvenčního pojetí jazzu, ale doufejme, že díky inovativnímu míchání, jeden z největších hitů klasického egyptského hudebního světa, “Alf Leila wa Leila” (“1001 nocí”), osloví i sofistkované labužníky. Tuto svou 1.969. píseň složil Baligh Hamdi jako celou hodinovou sadu (jak je často předváděna v těchto dnech), se sborem v délce 3 minut a ve dvojverší od 5–25 minut. Lyrics složil Morsi Gamil Aziz. Improvizace v původním znění, tak i v této verzi, je důležitá, ale výsledkem je většinou řada scén, ve kterých už samotné přepsání pro pódiové ztvárnění (staging) bylo vzrušujícím aktem.
♦♦♦   Nahráno a smícháno v New Yorku se stejným týmem jako u alba “Wind” (2011), které bylo také poctou (Miles Davis), je logické, že jsem považoval “Kalthoum” jako pokračování tohoto krásného diskografického dobrodružství s hráči: Larry Grenadier (basa), Clarence Penn (bicí), Mark Turner (saxofon) a Frank Woeste (klavír).
♦♦♦   Ibrahim Maalouf (Arabic: ابراهيم معلوف‎), born on 5 December 1980, Beirut, Lebanon, is a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and trumpet instructor.Location: Paris, Ile–de–France
Album release: September 25, 2015
Record Label: Mi'ster Productions
Duration:     51:27
Tracks:
01. Introduction     3:54
02. Overture I     4:46
03. Overture II     3:33
04. Movement I     6:15
05. Movement II     7:26
06. Movement III     15:19
07. Movement IV     10:14
Personnel:
♦♦♦   Larry Grenadier (Contrebasse),
♦♦♦   Clarence Penn (Batterie),
♦♦♦   Mark Turner (Saxophone) et
♦♦♦   Frank Woeste (piano).
PRODUCER: Mi'ster Productions              © Nominée Luncheon for the 2015 César Awards. Author: Georges Biard
Ibrahim Maalouf Salutes a Great Arabic Performer
By NATE CHINEN, MAY 26, 2015
♦♦♦   Ibrahim Maalouf took just one unaccompanied trumpet solo in his early set at Dizzy’s Club Coca–Cola on Monday night, but it was a depth charge, a flash immersion in the distinguishing features of his art. A moment earlier his band had been busy with a tumbling vamp in 7/8 meter, and he carried that pulse as he improvised, in dartlike bursts and a shadowy tone. At one point he segued into what sounded like a classical trumpet étude, exuding an impeccable control, before he moved on to a series of quavering embellishments and shivery incantations.
♦♦♦   Mr. Maalouf, born in Beirut and now residing in Paris, is a virtuoso of the quarter–tone trumpet, which enables him to work with the maqam, or system of melodic modes, in traditional Arabic music. He inherited this set of adaptive strategies from his father, the revered classical trumpeter Nassim Maalouf. Both musicians play a custom horn with four valves instead of three, and both draw on a rigorous technique that extends beyond Western conservatory standards.
♦♦♦   The younger Mr. Maalouf, 34, has parlayed this flexibility into a celebrated career in France, trafficking broadly in jazz fusion, hip–hop, orchestral music and global pop. A few years ago, he created a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack to the 1927 René Clair film “La Proie du Vent” (“The Prey of the Wind”), inspired by Miles Davis’s work with Louis Malle. The resulting album, “Wind” (M’ister), featured his regular pianist, Frank Woeste, along with several marquee Americans: the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the bassist Larry Grenadier and the drummer Clarence Penn.
♦♦♦   He led the same quintet at Dizzy’s Club Coca–Cola, in a tribute to Oum Kalthoum, one of the Arab world’s greatest singers. This was both an impressive feat of cultural translation and an absorbing display of devotion: the 75–minute set consisted entirely of Mr. Maalouf’s arrangement of “Alf Leila wa Leila,” or “One Thousand and One Nights,” perhaps Oum Kalthoum’s best–loved performance. Though the suite was sprawling in scope and embroidered with intricate details, Mr. Maalouf used no sheet music, often playing for long stretches with his eyes closed.
♦♦♦   For much of the set he evoked the swooping charisma of Oum Kalthoum’s vocal lines, worrying and finessing his notes in service of the melody. His band, airtight but flexible, rumbled and shuddered behind him, sometimes pushing into the foreground with a cyclical groove. Often a theme was scored for trumpet and tenor in octaves, or in a chattering counterpoint. And the solos, brief but potent, nodded to the provenance of the music: Mr. Turner wove his way through a latticework of modal scales, and Mr. Grenadier favored a flinty attack, as if to emulate the sound of an Arabic oud.
♦♦♦   There were a few jazz allusions in the suite — to John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, even John Zorn’s group Masada — but they were fleeting, and part of a larger picture, unique on its own merits. One bit of good news, then: Mr. Maalouf noted that the band would be recording this music the next day, for an album, “Kalthoum,” due out on Impulse! this fall. ♦♦♦   http://www.nytimes.com/
Lyrics: http://www.shira.net/music/lyrics/alf-leyla-wa-leyla.htm
Website: http://www.ibrahimmaalouf.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ibrahim.maalouf
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibrahim_maalouf
8 x VIDEO (56:04min.): http://www.rtl.fr/culture/arts-spectacles/ibrahim-maalouf-et-oxmo-puccino-en-concert-pour-le-10eme-rtl-jazz-festival-7774731125Picture: The trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and the saxophonist Mark Turner at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Monday for a show that paid tribute to one of the Arab world’s most beloved singers, Oum Kalthoum. Credit Nicole Fara Silver for The New York Times
Picture: Mr. Maalouf with the drummer Clarence Penn on Monday at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Credit Nicole Fara Silver for The New York Times
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