#3063: Near Eastern Music

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This New Sounds program presents music from the Near East, including works from Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and Israel. Bassist Jim Guttmann, (anchor man in the Klezmer Conservatory Band,) leads his own ensemble which branches out intriguingly into jazz, funk, and world music. From Guttmann’s brand new recording “Bessarabian Breakdown,” we’ll hear a traditional Sephardic melody “Cuando el Rey Nimrod.”

Also, from another bass player, Avishai Cohen, there’s folk music filtered through a jazz lens, as Cohen sings tunes learned from his mother while growing up in Israel. Plus, something from Lebanon by Savina Yannatou, a traditional song from the Syrian singer Gaida, music from Turkey, and more.

PROGRAM # 3063, Near Eastern Music (First aired on 4/14/2010)





Avishai Cohen


Noches Noches/La Luz [7:22]

Blue Note/EMI 5099969491702 www.avishaimusic.com

Jim Guttmann

Bessarabian Breakdown

Cuando El Rey Nimrod [5:23]

Kleztone 002 www.jimguttman.com

La Mar Enfortuna


Aman Minush [4:14]

Tzadik 8120 www.tzadik.com

Savina Yannatou

Terra Nostra

Hey Het (Song of the Emigrant) [4:59]

ECM 1856 www.ecmrecords.com


Levantine Indulgence

Almaya [3:38]

Palmyra 8450123245 www.gaidamusic.com

3 Mustaphas 3

Friends, Fiends and Fronds

Kac Kuzulu Ceylan [5:13]

Omnium OMM 2003 Available as an import at Amazon.com* or as a download

Kamkars Ensemble

Gol Nishan

Beautiful Oraman [11:19]

Private CD, but try www.tulumba.com

Dastan Ensemble & Salar Aghili

In the Name of the Red Rose

Prelude Part 2 [3:25]

Celestial Harmonies 13300 www.harmonies.com