A great discover : Ibrahim Maalouf


Hi friends, today I would like to tell you about a great artist that I discovered since a short period of time : Ibrahim Maalouf, a Lebanese trumpeter who became known through multiple collaborations: Sting at Mathieu Chedid, passing by Amadou & Mariam, Vanessa Paradis and Thomas Fersen. I was amazed the first time I heard it, I'm not a fan of jazz at the base, but with him it's different.


It is an atypical character in the world of jazz french, able to marry pop with hip-hop, French music, electro and lebanese roots to more traditional jazz. Ibrahim Maalouf has in the same time released two albums in tribute to women: «Red Black & Light», a contemporary, modern, pop album also including a cover of Beyoncé title (you imagine ? a jazz album with a title of beyoncé ?? ). And 'Kathoum', a tribute to the famous Egyptian diva Oum Kalthoum, monument of the history of the Arab people. "He resumed here one of his biggest hits "Alf Leila Wa Leila" ("thousand and one nights"), a 1969 song that presents itself in the form of a suite of about an hour. And this suite is especially a succession of tables leaving room for improvisation." This last album was recorded and mixed in New York with the same team as the "Wind" an older album of Ibrahim Maalouf. It is a kind of continuation of this discographic adventure with Mark Turner on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Clarence Penn on drums. It is with this training refocused on the classic jazz and 100% instrumental Ibrahim Maalouf has chosen to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the diva in a wonderful way.
I advise you to listen its new album as fast as possible !