21 January 2011
GEORGE GRUNTZ - NOON IN TUNISIA
George Gruntz for Saba from 1967.
Piano, Conductor, Composed By - George Gruntz ; Soprano Saxophone, Flute, Tambourine - Sahib Shihab ; Bass - Eberhard Weber ; Drums - Daniel Humair ; Violin - Jean Luc Ponty ; Goblet Drum [Darbouka] - Hattab Jouini , Salah El Mahdi ; Ney - Salah El Mahdi ; Oboe [Zoukra] - Moktar Slama ; Percussion [Bendire] - Hattab Jouini , Jelloul Osman , Moktar Slama , Salah El Mahdi ; Tabla - Hattab Jouini , Jelloul Osman ; Bagpipes [Mezoued] - Jelloul Osman.
Producer - Joachim Ernst Berendt
George Gruntz organized this studio recording as an opportunity for blending the worlds of jazz and Arabian music, though utilizing original music of his own. With Sahib Shihab (soprano sax, flute, and tambourine), violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, bassist Eberhard Weber, and drummer Daniel Humair, plus four Bedouin musicians playing traditional Arabian reed, string, and percussion instruments, Gruntz conceived the nearly 31-minute six-part "Maghreb Cantata" as the centerpiece of the date. The composer's themes are essentially brief modal statements utilized as jumping-off points for the musicians' improvisations. Bracketing the suite are two vocal numbers that incorporate the chanting of centuries-old Arab poems. Open-minded jazz fans will find this unusual session both intriguing and infectious.Ken Dryden.
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