Bardezbanian, Alan Shavarsh / From Kef to Classical, Vol. 2
Album: From Kef to Classical, Vol. 2   Collection:World
Artist:Bardezbanian, Alan Shavarsh   Added:Jan 2020
Label:Arc Music Inc.  

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Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2020-01-15
Another stellar disk from Arc Music celebrating the music of the Arab oud, the direct ancestor of the European lute (al oud) played by the late Alan Bardezbanian, a gifted player who grew up in Watertown, Mass and studied at Berklee College of Music. He mastered many musical styles. Unusual for an Armenian and western-trained musician, he studied Turkish music according to the traditional makam system. This is a lovingly recorded compendium that serves as a fitting memorial for a brilliant contributor to the world music scene.

NO FCC's (all instrumental) Favorite tracks: 1, 7, 12, 14, 15

*1-- Uskudar –6:29 – lovely unhurried intro to this classical Turkish folk song about a clerk and his lover; evocative even without lyrics; versions go from slow to fast; fabulous oud playing; nice arrangements

2—Dari Mana/Ooskas Gookas –3:54 – upbeat Armenian dance medley in 10/8 time; makes you want to get up and do the steps

3--Zapion Tsamiko—4:08-- hypnotic Greek dance music

4--Rast Taksim—1:03 – oud improvisation in makam Rast

5--Rast Kashlamar—3:05-- traditional Turkish dance tune in 9/8

6--Longa Farahfaza—4:21—classic Arabic composition written by Egyptian oud virtuoso; really moves

*7--Bir Demet Yasemin—6:17—Turkish love song “A Bouquet of Jasmine,” nice accordion

8--Country Girl—4:11—traditional Armenian song-- picks up speed; you can almost see the circle of dancers

9--Im Anoush Davigh—1:08-- original composition by Katchaturian Avedissian

10—Enzelee—2:37—classical Armenian dance music in 10/8 time with a twist at end changing to 6/8; very peppy with syncopation

11--ĺstemem Babacim—4:10-- folk tune shared by Greeks and Turks

*12—Samiotisa—2:51—Greek dance tune in 7/8 time; sweet

13--Husseini Taksim – 2:44 –oud improvisation in makam Hosseini

*14--Arapena / Rhodes – 5:03—traditional Greek tune

*15--Nihavent Longa—4:28—classical Ottoman piece written by female composer and kemanche player Kemani Kevser Hanim

Track Listing
1. Uskudar   8. Country Girl
2. Dari Mana/Ooskas Gookas   9. Im Anoush Davigh
3. Zapion Tsamiko   10. Enzelee
4. Rast Taksim   11. Istemem Babacim
5. Rast Kashlamar   12. Samiotisa
6. Longa Farahfaza   13. Husseini Taksim
7. Bir Demet Yasemin   14. Arapena / Rhodes
  15. Nihavent Longa