Le Pas du Chat Noir

81UTxRXU0JL._SL1500_ECM is a label responsible for some of Europe’s finest jazz recordings. Often more reflective and moody than barnstorming, it’s a place I’ve often checked for more mellow introspective sounds. One of my recent discoveries is the Tunisian Oud player Anouar Brahem. His album ‘Le pas du chat noir’ is one of the more haunting and beautiful records I’ve ever heard.
I know for many the words Tunisian oud player would not exactly have you running to Amazon to order but trust me in this context it is superb. Allied with a jazz trio accompaniment of Francois Couturier on piano and Jean-Louis Matinier on accordion, the feeling it gives is part deserted Arab street in the heat of summer and part Paris in the dead of night.
This is music to end a love affair too.

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