Wajdi Cherif | Jasmine

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by Wajdi Cherif

A symbiosis of jazz and arabic music featuring piano, oud, saxophones, flute, drums and acoustic bass...
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pochade
5:10 $0.99
2. Jasmine
6:52 $0.99
3. Falaises
5:59 $0.99
4. Say Something
5:56 $0.99
5. Geranium Blues
4:44 $0.99
6. Saliha Tribute
6:17 $0.99
7. Marseille
6:35 $0.99
8. Phrygian Tounsi
8:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
Wajdi Cherif's music is open not only to Arabic melodies of his early childhood, but also to the different trends of jazz and European classical music, which influenced his compositions deeply. All this resulted in the creation of a brand new jazz sound, a symbiosis of jazz and Arabic music.

On "Jasmine", Wajdi Cherif explores new ways playing and composing Arabic music, charging it each time with unique atmospheres. Every composition of the CD is a scene or natural landscape (Falaises, which is the French word for cliffs, Geranium Blues, Jasmine, Say something, Pochade...).

The instruments on "Jasmine" were chosen with great care, where the nostalgic and soft Oud sound meets the enchanting flute and saxophones of David Sauzay, the deep-rooted and percussive double bass lines of Yoni Zelnik, the powerful rhythmic support of drummer Mourad Benhammou and the piano of Wajdi Cherif. All these elements added to the magical and enchanted moods of each composition create a rich music where space and silence are valued.



"JASMINE" has been selected as a finalist in the Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2005” awards in the World Music: Eurasia & Global Beat category. “one of the best CDs of 2005.”


Wajdi Cherif is finalist in The International
Songwriting Competition (ISC) USA

"Pochade ", the first track of "Jasmine" is finalist in The
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) USA in the
instrumental category. Judges include Sonny Rollins
,John Scofield, Steve Vai, Tom Waits...


"Saliha's Tribute" won the third price in the International Songwriting contest of EuroMedCafe "D'autres sons" in Belgium.




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Piano Bleu

A very convincing fusion of jazz and arabic music
Pochade, immediately draws the extremely original contours of the album, with a double savour of jazz and arabic music. The second track "Jasmine", also the title of the album, diffuses indeed a soft Eastern perfume whose delicacy is a real joy. "Falaises" confirms the inventiveness of Wajdi Cherif and his unique style, a very convincing fusion of jazz and arabic music...

Zicline (France)

Marvelous Eastern warmth revealed by a pleasant and rich perfume
“Jasmine” diffuses a pleasant and rich perfume and reveals a marvelous Eastern warmth, which invites us to reveries full of gentleness, and announces pleasant summer evenings…

Jazzhot Magazine

The profusion of colors and the rhythmic energy makes “Jasmine” a charming album
Wajdi Cherif has a rather gracious musical character that is well served by the accompanying musicians (authoritative flute of David Sauzay), which interplays with the rhythmic colors brought by Mourad Benhammou, at ease in both musical languages... The profusion of colors and the rhythmic energy makes “Jasmine” a charming album. J. Szlamowicz

Candace Avery

"Pochade" has won Honorable Mention in the "Instrumental" category in the 2005 I
Dear Wajdi,

As the founder and director of the International Songwriting Competition, it is my honor and pleasure to personally congratulate you again and inform you that the song "Pochade" has won Honorable Mention in the "Instrumental" category in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). We are very proud of this accomplishment and thank you for entering this song into ISC this year.

ISC received almost 15,000 entries from 82 countries throughout the world, so this acknowledgement of the song by ISC and its judges is a noteworthy achievement.

Candace Avery