Montreal, Canada – Lebanese-born ud
master Rabih Abou-Khalil has a new album out,
Journey To The Centre Of An Egg, on Justin-Time/Enja, his 11th Enja production and the second to be licensed to Justin
Time for North America (following up on the heavily acclaimed Morion’s Foot).
Abou-Khalil brings the piano into his unique musical world for the first time on
record. Most appropriately, he has chosen the extraordinary German
pianist/composer Joachim Kuhn, one of Europe’s most accomplished and respected
jazz musicians since he arrived on the scene in the early 1960s.
Fully versed in everything from J.S. Bach to Ornette Coleman, and similarly
unbound by genre limitations, Kuhn brings a full palette of expressive options
to this recording. He also brings his fluent and articulate alto saxophone
playing to one track, further expanding upon the interactive potential.
Percussionist Jarrod Cagwin, a longtime collaborator of Rabih, brings his own
artistry to the music. Although Rabih and Joachim always seem to be in the
spotlight, Cagwin’s subtly dynamic and perfectly placed contributions on trap
and frame drums make this album a true three-way collaboration. Trap drummer
Wolfgang Reisinger joins in on two tracks, seamlessly blending into the mix.
The eight compositions were created jointly by Abou-Khalil and Kuhn and center
around two vibrant extended pieces.
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