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Odd Times (1997)

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Format: CD
Sku: 60235142
UPC: 063757933021
UPC 14: 00063757933021
Release Date: 11/15/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sphinx And I, The ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
2. Dr. Gieler's Prescription ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
3. Elephant Hips ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
4. Q-Tips ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
5. Son Of Ben Hur ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
6. Happy Sheik, The ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
7. One Of Those Days ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil
8. Rabou-Abou-Kabou ~ Rabih Abou-Khalil

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Rabih Abou-Khalil (oud); Michel Godard (tuba, serpent); Howard Levy (harmonica); Mark Nauseef (drums); Nabil Khaiat (frame drums).
Muze PNote Recorded live at the Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany from May 11-13, 1997. Includes liner notes by Josef Woodard, Peter Ruedi and Andrew Jones.
Muze PNote Personnel: Rabih Abou-Khalil (oud, strings, flute); Howard Levy (harmonica); Michel Godard (tuba); Mark Nauseef (drums); Nabil Khaiat (frame drum).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Walter Quintus.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Peter Ruedi.
Muze PNote Recording information: Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany (05/11/1997-05/13/1997).
Muze PNote Photographer: Sammy Hart.
Muze PNote Arranger: Rabih Abou-Khalil.
Muze PNote Odd Times is Rabih Abou-Khalil's first live album. Since it would be impractical to assemble all of the guests he has had on his albums over the years, Abou-Khalil has gone in the other direction and pared his ensemble down to what is for him the bare bones: himself on oud, Howard Levy on harmonica, Michel Godard on tuba and serpent (an antique form of the tuba), Mark Nauseef on drums, and Nabil Khaiat on frame drums. Most live albums contain well-known pieces from the artist's studio repertoire; in contrast, Odd Times is mostly new material. In general, the album is a mix of shapeless, overlong attempts at atmosphere ("Elephant Hips") and fairly bouncy and fun items ("Q-Tips"). The pared-down lineup is engaging because Abou-Khalil's oud and Godard's tuba are more prominent; unfortunately, Levy's harmonica is also pronounced, and simply clashes with the entire project of fusing Arabic music and jazz. Though in all fairness, on "The Happy Sheik" Levy sets aside his usual cadences in favor of something more bluesy that melds better with its surroundings. The album closes with a vibrant performance of "Rabou-Abou-Kabou," one of Abou-Khalil's best songs. ~ Kurt Keefner

Producer: Howard Levy; Nabil Khaiat; Mark Nauseef; Michel Godard; Rabih Abou-Khalil; Walter Quintus

Engineer: Stefan Hackspiel

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Howard Levy
Muze Guest Artist Mark Nauseef
Muze Guest Artist Michel Godard

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Rough Guide To Arabic Jazz

Associated Artists and Works

Biondini, Luciano
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/17/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ENJ 93302
Music Label Name Label : Enja
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD
Music UPC UPC : 00063757933021

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