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Oud Blues & New Traditions

by Rami Gabriel

Chicago blues played on the oud, and new compositions integrating classical arabic music with blues and jazz.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prewar Monk Blues
2:53 $0.99
2. Longa Rami
2:53 $0.99
3. Travelin' Rag
3:31 $0.99
4. For Tony
3:52 $0.99
5. Blush Waltz
5:00 $1.25
6. Taqsim Rahat Al-Arwah
1:57 $0.99
7. Raqs I-Rub Il-Khali
2:50 $0.99
8. Saki
2:33 $0.99
9. 9:45 Blues
3:27 $0.99
10. Midmidnight Blues
2:43 $0.99
11. Black Cowboy Hat
1:58 $0.99
12. In a Land Before Eyes
3:56 $0.99
13. Next Morning Rag
1:37 $0.99
14. Taqsim Rast
2:07 $0.99
15. Cozy Blues
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album is an attempt to create new traditions; to perpetuate beautiful things from our heritage through our own devotion, technique, and historical knowledge.

Oud blues & New traditions is the culmination of eight years in Chicago interacting with musicians, clubs, music lovers, and institutions. The compositions include melodic and rhythmic elements drawn from classical Arabic and Turkish music, as well as rhythms, feels, and riffs drawn from American country blues and traditional jazz. The album was supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and it stands as a testimony to the vitality, diversity, and openness of the musical community in Chicago.

What is most unique about this album is the instrumentation and melodic palette: traditional Middle Eastern instruments the oud and the riqq are played alongside acoustic jazz instrumentation as well as electrified in the context of early Chicago blues. Additionally, Middle Eastern melodic systems (i.e. maqams) are used in the context of western harmony and early American rural blues and rags in original songs.

Half the album (New Traditions) includes Ronnie Malley (daf, riqq, oud), Dan DeLorenzo (bass), and Jake Sanders. The other half (Oud blues) includes Joel Paterson (guitar, lap steel), Beau Sample (bass), and Alex Hall (drums).
Steve Gibons and Nick Coventry are featured on a violin composition written for the late Tony Ballog.

All songs composed, arranged by Rami Gabriel (c) MMXIV
Produced by Rami Gabriel
Mixed, Mastered by Alex Hall.
This program partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Made in Chicago, IL.

New traditions recorded 8/25/2014 at Kingsize studios, Engineer John Abbey
Oud blues recorded 9/15/2014 at Hi-style studios, Engineer Alex Hall
Artwork, Noor Shawaf



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