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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006EXHT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Le Pas Du Chat Noir
2. De Tout Ton Coeur
3. Leila Au Pays Du Carrousel
4. Pique-nique A Nagpur
5. C'est Ailleurs
6. Toi Qui Sait
7. L'arbre Qui Voit
8. Un Point Bleu
9. Les Ailes Du Bourak
10. Rue Du Depart
11. Leila Au Pays Du Carrousel, Var.
12. Deja La Nuit

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The Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem has chosen to work in a trio setting this time out, accompanied by Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Brahem states in the liner notes that these pieces were actually composed on the piano, emerging while he was taking a much-needed short break from his primary instrument. While Pas de Chat Noir ("The Black Cat's Footsteps") is a change of pace, it is a not a terribly remote detour. Brahem is still in his favorite space, exploring the power of implication, and the other players are in synch with his vision. All three participants sound muted, relating to one another in parallels rather than in a heated dialogue. The result is a spacious, romantic pastiche of Farid El-Atrache, Astor Piazzolla, Keith Jarrett, 19th- and 20th-century French impressionists (especially Eric Satie), plus shades of every strung-out, enervated, after-hours nightclub jam that ever was. --Christina Roden

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on March 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anouar Brahem is an artist of incredible vision and talent - each one of his releases is a sonic and cultural delight, taking the listener on a journey filled with wonder and beauty. This, his latest recording, is one of his best. In the notes to the CD, Brahem is quotes as saying that after recording his THIMAR album, the resulting physical and artistic exhaustion caused him to set aside his oud for a while - something he said he had never before done. Turning his musical ideas and expression to his piano, Brahem created the pieces recorded here. When he took these ideas into the studio (and taking his oud along with him), along with colleagues François Coutourier (piano) and Jean-Louis Matinier (accordion), his ideas were brought beautifully to fruition. The result is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard.
The pieces having been written on the piano, that instrument takes the lead - but the oud and the accordion have a lot to say as well, and their voices blend effortlessly with that of the keyboard. Brahem is a master not only at composition and performing, but, in his arrangements, and in the very choosing of his accompanying musicians, shows a brilliance that is breathtaking. Through the various groupings that he has assembled on his recordings, he endows his music with a strength and scope that is stunning - it takes on a life of its own, and grows far beyond whatever boundaries smaller minds might employ to contain it by definition.
This is 'world music' in the deepest, spiritual sense of the phrase - political frontiers are vanquished and erased, while cultures are honored, respected and mingled. Few other contemporary artists come to mind who continually create on this level - Stephan Micus is one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By unknown on Dec 22 2003
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Nostalgic au fond, originative in practice, Brahem's music this time is a transonic undertaking that weds original lineaments of Eastern music to piano, guitar, and accordion. Virtually cinematic in its assemblage, it communes with imagination's infinitude. As a writer and painter, I play it to summon the 9 daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne; all 9 if I can. Joining vehement forces with pianist Francois Couturier and accordionist (accomplice) Jean-Louis Matinier, Brahem has strained the piano and conquered yet a new dimension of timbres without straying from the celestial orbit of his North-African motifs. 'Le pas du chat noir' is perhaps an afternoon in Tunis, redolent of Moorish vestiges, array of Phoenician mosaics, and peppermint tea. 'De tout ton coeur' is charmingly Levantine, as if evoking an ancient journey to Carthage. 'Leila au pays du carrousel,''Un point bleu,' and 'C'est ailleurs' further attest to his renowned prowess as an Oud maestro. 'Toi qui sais' is cautiously unhurried; a mellow piece of contemporary instrumentality interjected by Brahem's Oud signature that never deviates from its intimate lieu, even during experimental moods. 'L'arbre qui voit' is a culmination swaying gently in the breeze; a tempo passed on to him by the movement of a tree he could see from his window, as he beautifully explains in the CD leaflet. It's a miscellanea of Oriental Jazz (a la Ziad Rahbani and Toufic Farroukh), laid-back Tango, Middle-Eastern lines that stir calligraphic visualizations, and stargazes. In league, his compositions manifest a musical/visual vision and aptitude he substantiates, unshared amongst his peers in world music. This production toppingly lends a flavour of momentous craftsmanship to an Anouar-Brahem already-treasured collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. H Smith on Dec 23 2003
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Anouar Brahem has turned out an impressive series of recordings over the past ten years. This one is his most sublime yet. Brahem states that all the music here "emerged from the keys of a piano," which perhaps doesn't sound very unusual, except for the fact that over his career (and this CD is no different) he has pretty much limited his on-recording play to the oud. In "Le Pas" three instruments--oud, accordion, and piano--are featured, and most of the time only one or two are playing. The result is a minimalist kind of jazz full of wandering and subliminal paths, the kind of music that one can either play in the background during other creative activities, or deliberately wander along with. Don't expect dramatic climaxes or fast paces in this fare; the emphasis is more on the wistful, the reflective, and the sympathetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 30 2003
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As a writer, I listen to Le pas du chat noir when I am writing, thinking, or painting. The CD provides a great environment. It gets the creative juices flowing. Not intrusive, but it allows your mind to explore. A truly exceptional medley of instrumental music: the accordian, the oud, and the piano. I've never heard music quite like it and have not found any similar CDs, or else I would buy them. If you like to listen to music while you think, work, or create, this is the CD. It enhances the creative process.
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Anouar Brahem again ushers listeners into a sublime world that evidences a subdued, covert, but undeniable intensity of feeling and beauty. Forget all the allusions you may read here and elsewhere to other musics and eras, as so many fall into the comparison trap. Do not compare this work with French art music, Astor Piazzola, a pepperoni pizza, or anything else: accept and embrace this music on its own significant terms, and you will be abundantly rewarded. It stands entirely on its own!
Anouar Brahem's melodies are beyond poignant, he elicits astoundingly empathetic contributions from his two colleagues on piano and accordion, respectively, and his own playing is always in the service of his overall conception. I repeat, do not let others demean this great work by insinuating it is relaxing, or good for meditation, or otherwise exists as musical wallpaper. As a famous classical pianist once remarked when asked what was harder to play, the fast pieces or the slow ones, he said (and I am paraphrasing) the fast tempos are easy; it is the slow ones that cause me difficulty. Miles Davis said much the same thing about ballads-he felt them so deeply that he could no longer play them. Thanks to ECM for giving Anouar Brahem a global audience, and to the man himself for incomparable music. I can't wait for his next project............
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