Anouar Brahem ‎– Le Pas Du Chat Noir

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ECM 1792, 016 373-2 Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir(CD, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1792, 016 373-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
ECM 1792, 440 016 373-2 Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir(CD, Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1792, 440 016 373-2 US 2002 Sell This Version
UCCE-1027 Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir(CD, Album) ECM Records UCCE-1027 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
JA-02 SHP 000242, ECM 1792, 016 373-2 Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir(CD, Album, Unofficial) J SHP, ECM Records (3), ECM Records (3) JA-02 SHP 000242, ECM 1792, 016 373-2 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
REF55 Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir(CDr, Unofficial) Not On Label REF55 Tunisia Unknown Sell This Version

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September 17, 2013
referencing Le Pas Du Chat Noir, CD, Album, ECM 1792, 016 373-2
Hypnotic, magnetic new album by Anouar Brahem which adds a new dimension to our knowledge of this exceptional Tunisian musician. "Le pas du chat noir" gives the clearest indication yet of the work of Brahem as composer and features a spacious "chamber music" that resonates with the freshness of improvisation. The instrumentation is unique: oud, piano, accordion. Brahem's writing for this combination is highly evocative, meticulously controlled and sparse. Half of the magic, as he notes, resides in the not-played, in the marvellous mingling of overtones, sounds that rise from the piano to blend with the warm tones of the oud and the breath of the accordion's bellows.

Review by Chris Nickson
Oud player Brahem has established his own little niche with the instrument; his music, strongly Arab-inflected, has the spare, chamber feel that makes it a perfect fit in the ECM catalog. He's a contemplative player, and this melding with piano and accordion suits his style perfectly, as notes and ideas draw out marvelously. The interplay between musicians is as delicate as lace -- thoughtful, with everyone listening as much as playing. It's a record with many moments of great beauty, like the exquisite piano on "C'est Ailleurs" or the filigree touches between accordion and piano that decorate and nudge along many of the tracks. Brahem is a superb, if reserved, musician, as are his colleagues: Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion. Together they trace something exquisite, an experience for the eras and the heart.