Blue Flame

COMPOSERS: Simon Shaheen
LABELS: Ark21
ALBUM TITLE: Simon Shaheen & Quantara
PERFORMER: Simon Shaheen (oud, vn), Bassam Sara (nay, f), Najib Shaheen (oud), Adam Rogers (g), François Moutin (b), Jamie Haddad, Steve Sheehan, Lorenzo Martinez (perc), etc
CATALOGUE NO: 159 462-2

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Grace and elegance characterise violinist/oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen’s music, but drawing as it does on jazz, latin and African music, in addition to the rich, varied traditions of the Middle East that constitute its core, this consistently absorbing, multi-textured album is as infectiously lively as it is delicate and sophisticated. CP