Option (3-4/95, p.105) - "...the bulk of the program is made up of oud/saxophone duets and oud solos, making it much more quiet and intimate than Garbarek's previous cross-cultural collaboration RAGAS AND SAGAS..."
Personnel: Jan Garbarek (soprano & tenor saxophones); Anouar Brahem (oud); Ustad Shaukat Hussain (tabla).
Recorded at Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway in August 1992.
Personnel: Shaukat Hussain (tabla); Jan Garbarek (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Anouar Brahem (oud).
Liner Note Author: Knut Bry.
Recording information: Rainbow Studio, Oslo, Norway (08/1992).
Yet more musings from the ever-prosperous repertoire of Jan Garbarek, here in minimalist world music mode and accompanied by oud player Anouar Brahem and Ustad Shaukat Hussain on tabla. At times suggestive of a simplistic Oregon or some of the more sedate offerings of Rabih Abou-Khalil, MADAR is richly steeped in Middle Eastern authenticity and textural folklore. The album's rudimentary nature renders it fairly reflective of the indigenous cultures it takes delight in spotlighting.
"Bahia" doesn't feature Garbarek at all but is a rhythmless lullaby dominated by Brahem's oud. Sands shift and parched winds blow when all three players merge on atmospheric, extended jams such as "Qaws," where Garbarek's rural air becomes a nomadic cry trapped within an intertwined mantra of percussion and strings. MADAR offers more signs of intelligent life beyond the traditional jazz diaspora.