Rabih Abou-Khalil – Between Dusk and Dawn

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AllMusic Review by Kurt Keefner:
One of Rabih Abou-Khalil’s earlier albums, Between Dusk and Dawn features stellar sidemen such as master percussionist Glen Velez and jazz saxophonist Charlie Mariano. In places it exhibits that ecstatic melding of jazz and Arabic music that was later perfected on Blue Camel. But in other places it gives us long patches of noodling and less-then-engaging playfulness. An example of the former would be the first track, “Dusk.” At just over 14 minutes, more than half of this piece is devoted to a shapeless and tiresome prelude for percussion and oud (Arabic lute). An example of the latter is the aptly named “The Thing That Came Out of the Swamp,” which features everything but the kitchen sink, including Glen Velez’s overtone singing, in a fantasy that sounds like Stravinsky crossed with Steve Reich. Yet there are solid, jazzy tracks like “Chess with Mal” which opens with a long but well-formed solo by Charlie Mariano before sax and oud synchronize for one of Abou-Khalil’s gloriously rhythmic tunes. Or “Dawn,” where Abou-Khalil plays one of his favorite tricks of making it sound as if the melody of the piece grows out of his initial improvisation. Despite the album’s lack of overall focus, it does offer a bounty for the ear, especially in the percussion. A disc for fans of one or more of the musicians involved (http://www.allmusic.com/album/between-dusk-and-dawn-mw0000196920).

Tracklist:
1 Dusk 00:00
2 Bat Dance 14:18
3 Nightfall 19:55
4 Ugo in Love 26:41
5 Chess With Mal 30:33
6 The Thing that cam out of the Swamp 38:10
7 Dawn 42:26
8 And Finally … The Oasis 48:22
all compositions by Rabih Abou-Khalil except (6) by Abou-Khalil & Armann

Personnel:

Rabin Abou-Khalil – oud, flute
Charlie Mariano – soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Glen Moore – bass
Glen Velez – frame drums, darabukka, percussion, vocals
Ramesh Shotham – indian percussion
Christian Burchard – marimba
Michael Armin – piano

Anja Records 1987
recorded 1986 in Ludwigsburg, Germany

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