file under: jazz
release May 12, 2017
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Outspoken: direct, straightforward, upfront. That is how the new and third album of Masaa sounds. Three years have passed since the release of the CD Afkar. Concert tours in Rabih Lahoud's former home Lebanon and also to Jordan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have inspired the award-winning band and made them grow together. Masaa's characteristic combination of individual influences sounds more lively, spirited and natural now. While Afkar was an impressive snapshot of a search in progress, Outspoken documents the powerful result of a patient and focused development. Masaa artfully interweave Arabic melodies with variable, sometimes prancing rhythms, a piano changing between Classical influences and jazz, and multicolored trumpet modulations. Furthermore, Lahoud's characteristic singing sounds fuller in all ranges and more confident than ever.
30 years ago it was a Lebanese, who was the first to set standards for the fusion of Arabic tradition and western jazz. One generation after the success of the oud-master Rabih Abou-Khalil, the conditions for teamwork between orient and occident have changed. The bridging of cultures is no longer exotic. Now it has a completely natural exchange. The creative flow unearths an immense palette of musical perspectives, creates completely new homelands in and for music. The bold vanguard in the new qualities of this encounter is the quartet Masaa – and with the poet, composer and singer Rabih Lahoud the focus is once again on a man with his roots in Lebanon.read more