Tarek Yamani | Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic

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Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic

by Tarek Yamani

A new direction in reinterpreting classical Arabic music, Lisan Al Tarab tells its story by merging jazz conceptions with Tarab.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hibbi Zurni
7:18 $0.99
2. Ah Ya Zein (Afro Dabke Style)
3:23 $0.99
3. Lamma Bada Yatathanna
5:05 $0.99
4. Fi Hulal Al Afrah
6:06 $0.99
5. Zarani Al Mahboub
6:28 $0.99
6. Lahn Al Shayalin
5:23 $0.99
7. New Dabke
6:09 $0.99
8. Beirut Zahra Fi Gheir Awanha
3:39 $0.99
9. Chemali Wali
9:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
- Hrayr Attarian, ALL ABOUT JAZZ,

"Pianist Tarek Yamani's second release Lisãn Al Tarab is a sublime and innovative exploration of the common ground between Jazz and Arabic musical heritage. The title loosely translates as "Language of the Music" although there is no equivalent word to tarab in English. Tarab is the unique concept of music fused with its ecstatic, emotional impact, and has become synonymous with classical Arab song."

"... The seamless camaraderie among the members of the trio results in superbly stimulating, harmonic textures. Bassist Petros Klampanis lilting reverberations bring an oud-like lyricism to, among others, the electrifying and soulful "Lamma Bada Yatathanna." Klampanis, together with drummer John Davis' Levantine chimes and driving beats and Yamani's nimble, ardent lines build complex intriguing refrains that sway in mesmerizing patterns."

"... this singularly engaging record, with its organic and vibrant atmosphere, ingeniously erases the boundaries between two cultures. Full of poetry, mysticism and intricate yet accessible extemporizations it is a true expression of the universality of music."

- Rob Garratt, TIME OUT DUBAI,

"Tarek Yamani’s second album as leader is a fascinating, assured work that builds on the successes of 2012’s Ashur. Ditching the kooky tuba from that record’s line-up in favor of a straight trio, this time the pianist relies on his choice of material to tread fresh ground, rather than the sonic palette.
Lebanese-born but now dividing his time between Beirut and New York, Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic takes traditional and classical pieces from mid-20th century Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon (alongside a solitary original) and uses them as a launching pad for group improvisation."

"... Recorded over two consecutive days in New York at a self-produced session this March, there’s a staggering level of interplay between the trio. Displaying an ECM-influenced lightness, countered with an edge of post-bop attack, the performances are at once both beautifully free and meticulously detailed; heads and segues are tightly wound, and only a single tune runs past the eight-minute mark."

"... But however sublime the group, it’s the unusual material – with its exotic scales and rhythmic complexities – which mean this album demands to be heard."

"... Beyond aesthetics the album is instructive, laying bare the shared (and often misplaced) qualities of Western and Arabic composition, and suggesting where differences lie – issues Yamani has spent his career exploring with his self-dubbed ‘Afro Tarab’ style, best epitomised here."

- Victor Argo, YOUR MIDDLE EAST,

"... The music on Lisan al Tarab is innovative and captivating from the beginning to the end. It is emotional and it is visual."

"... New Dabke, finally, is Tarek Yamani's own composition. It features a pearling piano that culminates in the true essence of Tarab, the “let go”. There is ecstasy, there is trance, and one would hope that this song goes on for hours, until a full transcendence of the mind is reached, until all self-control has vanished."

"... Lisan al Tarab is the perfect expression for what Tarek is doing. It is a play on words with Lisan al Arab, the most comprehensive dictionary of the Arabic language that Ibn Manzur had completed in 1290. Tarek Yamani clearly acts in the tradition of Ibn Manzur. Where the elder explained and interpreted classical Arabic words, the younger has produced an audio book on reinterpreting Tarab. Differently said: this is Jazz with a Lebanese accent."



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