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One Man's Passion

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One Man's Passion
 
Artist: George Mgrdichian
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George Mgrdichian (1935-2006), Armenian oud virtuoso is best known for his decades of classical and Middle Eastern performances which ranged from nightclubs to Carnegie Hall.

Created initially for a wealthy Arab sheik who heard George perform at a New York City concert several years ago, the sheik enjoyed George's sound so much that he commissioned him to make an album of ancient Arabic folklore songs with a heavy jazz influence. Unfortunately, the sheik never heard the music as he died enroute to see George. Thus this recording was released a few years adter his death.

The result of one man's passion for music is this album. A must for George Mgrdichian fans! The musicians on this recording also include Nick Mandoukos (guitar, 12-string guitar); Mohamed El Akkad (kanun); Souren Baronian (soprano saxophone); Hanna Mirhige (deff, tambourine).

"While John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef brought Middle Eastern elements to jazz, oud player George Mgrichian did the opposite by bringing jazz sensibilities to the music of the Middle East. Make no mistake -- One Man's Passion is traditional Middle Eastern music first and foremost, and was rightly placed in the world music sections of CD stores. But Mgrichian's band -- which unites traditional instruments like the kanoon and the drabukha with soprano sax, electric bass and 12-string guitar -- is so improvisatory and spontaneous-sounding that jazz enthusiasts should definitely take notice. When Baronian lets loose on his soprano, he gives the impression that he's quite familar with the work of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter". ~ Alex Henderson, Music Reviewer

Track Listing: Introduction solo on Qanun, Lost & Absent, Birth, Cabaret Folk Dance, Samia Folk Dance, Baby's Lullaby, Hassan Folk Dance, Egyptian Folk Dance, Egyptian Nativity, Apprentice Dancer, Taksim
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