2016 Honorable Mention Pick 1

Mohammed Abozekry: Chaos (Neonovo, 2013).

Abozekry is a French-Egyptian out player and he shreds.  I’m a little prejudiced against the shredders but I like the vibe of this record.  On this record he plays with three other musicians — a guitar player, an upright bass player and a percussionist.  I like that instrumentation and the guitar/oud combo is cool.  I’m also quite a sucker for those tight sounding Middle Eastern hand drums.




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