| Permission to Evaporate | ABC 481 0917
The wonder of Joseph Tawadros’s 11th album is that he has created not just new pictures, but new colours with which to paint them. On Bluegrass Nikriz and Dreaming Hermit, for instance, his oud’s usual brooding mellowness is supplanted by a banjo-like twang. His compositional range also continues to expand, without experimentation negating beauty. The prayer-like title track and Last Candle immediately swell the canon of Tawadros’s finest works. Again he recorded in New York, this time taking pianist Matt McMahon with him as well as his percussionist brother, James. The guests are bassist Christian McBride and electric guitarist Mike Stern, whose long, crying notes are sometimes so ephemeral as to seem to be dreamed rather than played. All five musicians’ artistry is luminous, and the recording quality exemplary.