Dhafer Youssef: Electric Sufi
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Tunisian-born oud performer/vocalist Dhafer Youssef attains a happy medium while integrating the oud (an Arabic lute instrument) with jazzy grooves and wide-ranging improvisational forums. On this outing, the artist crafts an appealing worldbeat/jazz scenario partly due to his nimble plucking and mood-evoking unison choruses with trumpeter Markus Stockhausen. There's also a drum'n'bass element here, as the leader utilizes the talents of ex-Living Colour rhythmic aces Will Calhoun (drums) and Doug Wimbish (bass). Jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel adds textural patterns to many of these pieces while embarking on a pleasant mainstream jazz-based solo passage on the piece entitled "Farha." Youssef also displays a multi-octave vocal range on several tracks — as he renders wordless vocals that often conjure up notions of religiously inclined mantras. A good portion of this affair features lightly rumbling percussion vamps intertwined with North African modalities and alternating dialogue among the soloists. A nice effort that ages well upon repeated spins.
Born: November 19, 1967 in Teboulba, Tunisia
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Dhafer Youssef
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||Etude # 3||Glow||5:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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||Yabay||Dhafer Youssef: Electric Sufi||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cosmology||Glow||6:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|