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Album Review

Thimar is a most impressive collaboration between Brahem, soprano saxophonist/bass clarinetist John Surman and double bassist Dave Holland which superbly fuses the traditions of jazz with those of Arab classical music, pushing the parameters of both while succumbing to the clichés of neither.

Customer Reviews


This is a truly remarkable recording. Like others, I heard Mazad on XM Radio and was blown away. I hunted down the album and downloaded other Brahem music. So much of the music we hear today, even the good jazz, is familiar to us in its general use of instruments and musical patterns. Brahem's music, because it stems from the unfamiliar Arab musical tradition, is constantly surprising and delighting. The sax, clarinet and base remind us of our familiar western music but they take us to places we have never been -- exotic, playful, sometimes haunting and always magical places. Totally original and totally transporting.

Album should be under Anouar Brahem's name

This is a superb album that should be listed under the name of the composer, Anouar Brahem, not Dave Holland.

This is a great, great recording

It really should only have Dave Holland's name on it, though and not those other guys'.


Born: October 20, 1957

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The role of the Arabic, lute-like, stringed instrument, the oud, has been revolutionized through the playing of Anouar Brahem. While used in the past to accompany vocalists, the oud is used by Brahem as an imaginative solo instrument. In 1988, Tunisian newspaper Tunis-Hebdo wrote, "If we had to elect the musician of the '80s, we would have, without the least hesitation, chosen Anouar Brahem." Brahem has composed numerous pieces for such films and musical theater productions such as Sabots en Or,...
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Thimar, Anouar Brahem
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Jazz, Arabic
  • Released: Jan 01, 1998

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