Sawa / Sawa

This blend of modern jazz, chamber, and Iraqi folk music is about as enchanting as an album can get. The Sawa trio—comprised of the Arabic vocals of Alya Al-Sultani, pianist Clemens Christian Poetzsch and cellist Shirley Smart—are three facets of a gem that refracts gorgeous light. That Poetzsch utilizes a fluid piano on certain tracks only adds to the intrigue. The microtonal instrument makes good use of non-Western tunings, providing a stark range of expressions on an album that already had plenty to start with.

 

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