Joseph Tawadros

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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.

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