Friday, February 15, 2013

Joseph Tawadros "Chameleons of The White Shadows"

Country: Australia
Sub GenreJazz, Fusion
Release dateFebruary 15, 2013
01. White Shadow 06:01
02. Gypo Blues 04:27
03. Rose In The Sky 03:56
04. Chameleon 05:51
05. Hidden Voices 02:19
06. Street In Sarajevo 04:06
07. Freo 06:24
08. Shelter 07:19
09. Variations On A Dream 04:48
10. Last Embrace 03:54
11. Cafe Riche 08:23
12. Tribal Bendir 04:21
13. Time As Place 04:20
14. Broken Promises 04:35

Joseph Tawadros - Oud
Béla Fleck - Banjo
Richard Bona - Electric Bass
Joey DeFrancesco - Hammond Organ
James Tawadros - Req, Bendir
Roy Ayers - Vibraphone
Howard Johnson - Tuba
Jean-Louis Matinier - Accordion

The sparks fly as the pair trade elegant figures and lightning-fast runs in a genre-flitting, free-flowing tapestry that embraces Middle Eastern, Balkan and flamenco-flavoured textures of world music, jazz and classical -- not in competition but in the cerebrally conversational spirit commensurate with such consummate musicianship. When the paths of oud and banjo converge, instruments representative of East and West blend beautifully. Other glorious communions surface in a set fertile in light and shade.
Oud and Hammond organ unite impressively in Shelter and Gypo Blues. In Broken Promises, the lute combines lyrically with accordion. Vibraphone works wonderfully well with strings in Freo. In the elegy, Rose in the Sky, the Tawadros brothers duet in memory of their mother. Later, James T's tour de force on frame drum, Tribal Bendir, doubles as an intro to his sibling's solo oud study Time as Place.

Read the full review by Tony Hillier at theaustralian.com.au


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