Episode #3013

Middle Eastern ChamberLoungeJazz

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

For this New Sounds show, we’ll hear some Middle Eastern chamber/lounge/world/jazz. It’s hard to know what to call it, but it’s music with a decided Arabic flavor.  Listen to the Canadian trio Cordâme (augmented by percussionists and a guitarist) dance around Ellington and Ravel while incorporating Persian music, Indian music, Armenian and African music.

Also, there’s music by the Lebanese-born New York-based Bassam Saba, a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist who also plays oud, violin, buzuq, and saz.  We’ll hear from his latest record, “Wonderful Land.”  Plus music from Saba’s student, Israeli guitarist and oud player Amos Hoffman.  Rounding out the show is something from Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista’s cross-cultural “Banquet of the Spirits” along with something from Anglo-Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas.

PROGRAM # 3013 Middle Eastern ChamberLoungeJazz (First aired on Wed. 12/09/09)





Cyro Baptista

Banquet of the Spirits

Argan (Retirante), excerpt [1:30]

Tzadik 7624 OR



Migration [6:31]

Malasartes Musique 010 or

Bassam Saba

Wonderful Land

Wonderful Land [7:53] OR



La caravane de Ravel [4:55]

See above.

Natacha Atlas

Something Dangerous

Jocelyn Pook: Adam’s Lullaby [5:57]

Mantra Recordings 1035

Cyro Baptista

Banquet of the Spirits

Argan (titled Retirante on the pre-release copy of the CD) [4:25]

See above.

Amos Hoffman


Enayim [4:42]

RazDaz Records/ Sunnyside Records SSC 4606



Destination [4:50]

See above.

Nana Simopoulos

Wings And Air

Through The Keyhole [9:23]

Enja 5031 Out of print. BUT download from or iTunes. Also available for purchase from,

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