Osama Abdulrasol Quintet – Jedid (Home Records, 2016)
Jedid is an excellent album by Belgium-based Iraqi qanun maestro and composer Osama Abdulrasol. His quintet features Belgian and Canadian musicians who come from the classical and jazz music fields. So it’s no surprise that Jedid is a fabulous mix of Arabic, jazz, classical, Sephardic and other music influences.
Although Osama Abdulrasol’s spectacular qanun solos are the highlights of the album, his band features skilled instrumentalists who deliver equally stunning performances, including Philippe Thuriot’s jazz accordion improvisations.
The album lineup includes Osama Abdulrasol on qanun and ud, Philippe Thuriot on accordion, Lode Vercampt on cello, François Taillefer on percussion, and Helena Schoeters on vocals.