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Crescent Moon

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Crescent Moon
Omar Faruk Tekbilek (with Steve Roach)
1998 Celestial Harmonies 13176 (CD)

Turkish master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek drawns from Persian mysticism, the sounds of Azerbaijani folksong and classical Arabian belly dancing. He even pays tribute, on the song "Yalel", to the famed Egyptian singer Omm Kulthum. (Tekbilek himself is half Egyptian.) Working with many of the same musicians who have made such distinctive contributions to Tekbilek's earlier albums, he creates a kind of global music, a music that acknowledges Greek, Indian, and of course Turkish music, and attempts to find a common ground between all of these. Perhaps his greatest achievement on CRESCENT MOON is that the album is more than the sum of its parts: it consistently evokes the ecstatic trance of the Sufi dervishes, the biting winds of the desert at night, the rich and exotic scents of an Oriental market, and yet it does so without clearly staying in any one musical tradition.
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1. Crescent MoonMP37:56 
2. YalelMP36:57 
3. Salute to the SunMP38:57 
4. TamzaraMP34:10 
5. Baglama DelightMP35:31 
6. Hijaz RaksMP34:59 
7. Last Moments of LoveMP34:56 
8. AdanaliMP35:10 
9. AzeriMP37:23 
10. YunusMP310:12 

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