Reviews that mention Ahmad Al-Khatib

February 18, 2017

Hubert Dupont

Golan Vol. 1
Ultrack UTR 1004

Although adopting Middle Eastern styled textures goes back in Jazz history to exemplars such as Gigi Gryce’s “The Casbah”, Dizzy Gillespie’s “Night in Tunisia” and Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”, only recently, like equivalent updated scholarship about the Muslim world, has exotica been replaced by understanding. Golan Vol. 1 is one of the more notable results. Unlike some efforts by musicians elsewhere in the Arab Diaspora, reconciliation between Western improvisational concepts and traditional Eastern airs is advanced without short changing either side. MORE