Listening to other instruments and less-familiar forms of music is a potent way to expand one’s technique and musical comprehension as a guitarist, and this profoundly beautiful album by the renowned Tunisian oud master presents a master class in both. Drawing upon ancient and contemporary timbres, tonalities, and traditions, Youssef’s music spans epochs as well as continents, resulting in a unique sonic space-time continuum. His ensemble features musicians from Turkey, Germany, the U.S., and Norway—including innovative electric guitarist Eivind Aarset and the brilliant trumpeter Nils-Petter Molvaer— all of whom are adept at evolving fresh forms, and infusing them with the unmistakable taste of timelessness. Okeh.
The renowned Tunisian oud master's music spans epochs as well as continents.