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Amir Elsaffar

Alchemy

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713005127
  • Catalog number PI 51
  • Release date 22 November 2013

About the album

Alchemy is the latest chapter in trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s continuing investigation into the tonal systems of Middle Eastern cultures within a jazz context. A recent recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been residing mostly in Egypt for the last year, further absorbing the musical language of that region. However, unlike his three prior releases on Pi Recordings – Two Rivers(2007) and Inana (2011), which relied heavily on the Iraqi maqam for their structural form and instrumentation; and Radif Suite (2009) with saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, which utilized a musical system devised specifically for that group – Alchemy finds ElSaffar writing for a standard jazz quintet with a sound distilled through his highly personal harmonic vocabulary, one that draws on microtonality and the maqam.

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    1
    Ishatarum
     
    07:48
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    2
    Nid Qablitum
     
    05:08
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    3
    Embubum - Ishtarum - Pitum
     
    10:56
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    4
    12 Cyclus
     
    07:07
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    5
    Quartal
     
    06:08
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    6
    Balad
     
    04:44
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    7
    Five Phases
     
    08:08
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    8
    Athar Kurd
     
    09:25
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    9
    Miniature #1
     
    02:59
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    Ending Piece
     
    07:32

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