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Rabih Abou-Khalil

The musical traditions of the Arabic world are fused with jazz improvisation and European classical techniques by Lebanese-born oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil. The CMJ New Music Report noted that Abou-Khalil has "consistently sought to create common ground between the Arab music mileau of his roots and the more global musical world of today." Down Beat praised Abou-Khalil's music as "a unique hybrid that successfully spans the world of traditional Arabic music and jazz." Although he learned to play the oud, a fretless, Lebanese lute, as a youngster, Abou-Khalil temporarily switched to the classical flute, which he studied at the Academy of Music after moving to Munich, Germany, during the Lebanese Civil War in 1978. In an attempt to explore new ways to play Arabic music, he returned to the oud and began to incorporate techniques more often played on jazz guitar. In the early-'90s, Abou-Khalil was commissioned by Southwest German radio to write two pieces that were debuted in a performance with the Kronos String Quartet at the Stuttgart Jazz Summit in 1992, and recorded with the Belanescu Quartet four years later. Abou-Khalil has worked with a mixture of Arabic, Indian, and American jazz musicians, including alto saxophonist Sonny Fortune, frame drummer and percussionist Glen Valez, conga player Milton Cardona, harmonica ace Howard Levy, and bassists Glen Moore and Steve Swallow. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Trouble In Jerusalem

1. Jerusalem

2. Lament

3. Gerusalemme Liberata

4. Once Upon A Dervish

5. Saladin And Nathan The Wise

6. A Prayer For Tolerance

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Track List: Selections

1. Arabian Waltz

2. The Happy Sheik

3. Shrewd Woman

4. Serenade To A Mule

5. The Lewinsky March

6. Caravan

7. Best If You Dressed Less

8. Lobotomie Mi Baba Lu

9. Sunrise In Montreal

10. Yara: Requiem

11. Blue Camel

12. Adolescencia Perdida (Feat. Ricardo Ribeiro)

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Track List: Em Portuges

1. Como Um Rio

2. No Mar Das Tuas Pernas

3. A Lua Num Quarto

4. Amarrado A Saudade

5. Ja Nao Da Como Esta

6. Se O Meu Amor Me Pedisse

7. Quando Te Vejo Sorrir

8. Casa Da Mariquinhas

9. Beijos Ateus

10. A Gaivota Que Tu Es

11. Jogo Da Vida

12. Adolescencia Perdida

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Songs for Sad Women

1. Mourir Pour Ton Decollete

2. How Can We Dance If I Cannot Waltz

3. Best If You Dressed Less

4. The Sad Women Of Qana

5. Para O Teu Bumbum

6. Le Train Bleu

7. A Chocolate Love Affair

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Il Sospiro

1. I. Qawarma

2. II. Charab Et Tout

3. III. Arrous Labneh

4. My Favourite Feet

5. Serenade To A Mule

6. Jardin De Chine

7. Ghantous

8. La Ladra Di Cuori

9. Yakhbeir John

10. Bofinger

11. An Oyster In Paris

12. The Birthday Gift

13. Afterthought

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Track List: Morton's Foot

1. Ma Muse M'abuse

2. Morton's Foot

3. Il Ritomo Del Languore

4. Lobotomie Mi Baba Lu

5. L'histoire D'un Parapluie

6. O Papaia Balerina

7. Dr. Gieler's Wiener Schnitzel

8. Il Sospiro

9. Hopping Jack

10. Waltz For Dubbya

11. The Return Of The Maltese Chicken

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Cactus of Knowledge (The)

1. The Lewinsky March

2. Business As Usual

3. Praises et Creme Fraiche

4. Got To Go Home

5. Oum Said

6. Malrese Chicken Farm

7. Me muse m'amuse

8. Pont Neuf

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Track List: Yara

1. Requiem

2. Imminent Journey

3. A Gracious Man

4. On A Bus

5. Grateful Parting

6. The Passage Of Life

7. Through The Window

8. Lithe Dream

9. Puppet Master

10. Bint El Bahr

11. The End Of Faith

12. The Knowledge Of A Child

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Track List: Lebanon Rabih Abou-Khalil: Odd Times

1. The Sphinx And I

2. Dr. Gieler's Prescription

3. Elephant Hips

4. Q Tips

5. Son Of Ben Hur

6. The Happy Sheik

7. One Of Those Days

8. Rabou Abou Kabou

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Arabian Waltz

1. Arabian Waltz

2. Dreams of a Dying City

3. Ornette Never Sleeps

4. Georgina

5. No Visa

6. The Pain After

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Sultan's Picnic (The)

1. Sunrise In Montreal

2. Solitude

3. Dog River

4. Moments

5. Lamentation

6. Nocturne au Villaret

7. The Happy Sheik

8. Snake Soup

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Track List: Roots & Sprouts

1. Remembering Machghara

2. Walking On Air

3. Nida

4. Revelation

5. Wordless

6. Sweet Rain

7. Outlook

8. Caravan

9. Dreams Of A Dying City

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Track List: Tarab

1. Bushman In The Desert

2. After Dinner

3. Awakening

4. Haneen Wa Hanaan

5. Lost Centuries

6. In Search Of The Well

7. Orange Fields

8. A Tooth Lost

9. Arabian Waltz

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Track List: Between Dusk And Dawn

1. Dusk

2. Bat Dance

3. Nightfall

4. Ugo In Love

5. Chess With Mal

6. The Thing That Came Out Of The Swamp (Feat. Michael Armann)

7. Dawn

8. And Finally … The Oasis

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Track List: Abou-Khalil, Rabih: Blue Camel

1. Sahara

2. Tsarka

3. Ziriab

5. On Time

6. A Night In The Mountains

7. Rabou Abou Kabou

8. Beirut

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Track List: Al-Jadida

1. Catania

2. Nashwa

3. An Evening With Jerry

4. When The Lights Go Out

5. Storyteller

6. Ornette Never Sleeps

7. Nadim

8. Wishing Well

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