Dave Holland with Anouar Brahem "Blue Maqams"
London , United Kingdom
Barbican CentreSilk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
No stranger to playing with jazz musicians, Anouar Brahem created Blue Maqams – referencing the sophisticated modal system of Arab music, with an added blue quality sheened from the improvisations of his three collaborators.
Performing music from their acclaimed ECM record, the dialogue between Brahem and pianist Django Bates is full of surprise and invention. With a rhythm section of master bassist Dave Holland, last heard at the Barbican with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, and the tirelessly inventive drummer Nasheet Waits, combined, the quartet create some of the most absorbing group sounds of recent years. Live, they produce a melodic and rhythmic intensity and atmosphere that transcends musical category.