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February 8, 2013 7:48 pm
It’s a Larry Grenadier bass-pedal that sets the scene on these atmospheric, trumpet-lead compositions, originally commissioned as a soundtrack for René Clair’s 1927 silent film The Prey of the Wind.
Ibrahim Maalouf’s quavery, quarter-toned trumpet blends the microtonal scales of his native Lebanon with village dances and broody, muted lyricism – Miles Davis’s score for Lift to the Scaffold is an obvious model.
The support is A-List American with drummer Clarence Penn joining Grenadier at the core. Saxophonist Mark Turner guests.
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