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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.

Produced by Brian Keane, this release features guest Steve Roach spinning a majestic carpet of underlying soundscapes that waft in an out of these amazing performances. Omar was featured on the title track of ON THIS PLANET. The pure emotion and passion of this release is impossible to convey in words. Simply put, this is essential music for heart and soul. As Steve testifies, "this recording brings tears to my eyes every time, and it was a great honor to be a part of it".
1. Crescent Moon 7:56 
2. Yalel 6:57 
3. Salute to the Sun 8:57 
4. Tamzara 4:10 
5. Baglama Delight 5:31 
6. Hijaz Raks 4:59 
7. Last Moments of Love 4:56 
8. Adanali 5:10 
9. Azeri 7:23 
10. Yunus 10:12 

2, 3, 10. with Steve Roach

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