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Street of Minarets

Dhafer Youssef

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What do keyboardist Herbie Hancock, bassist Marcus Miller, double bassist Dave Holland, guitarist Nguyen Lê, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and singer/oudist Dhafer Youssef all have in common? They’re all huge names in their field. So, it’s only natural that anything they produce together should be something special. This is certainly the case with Dhafer Youssef’s ninth album. Having so many huge names come together is unusual. So unusual, indeed, that it almost feels like a mirage – one that might disappear if only you were to pinch yourself. Inspired by jazz (jazz-rock, specifically), funk and ‘world music’ (notably oriental and Indian), it’s impossible to fit this record into one box.


This album is like an apparition—like a spaceship flying across a starry night sky. From the very first track, which gives the name for this album, Dhafer Youssef’s voice transports the music to whole new heights. Like someone calling from the abyss, his vocals float atop waves of precise yet obscure sound. Each musician has obvious talent and an impressive CV, yet they don’t seem to feel the need to prove anything to each other; they serve nothing but the music. There’s a lot of technical and instrumental skill displayed throughout this album, but there’s also intuition, creative abandon and an almost telepathic harmony between the artists. The compositions are complex and unique in the way they link two musical extremes: groove and ambient. You’ll need to listen to this one with your eyes closed and your chakras wide open. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
Street of Minarets
00:08:57

MARCUS MILLER, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Bal d’âme
00:04:19

HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger

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SharQ Serenade ("SharQ” Suite)
00:04:39

MARCUS MILLER, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Funky SharQ (“SharQ” Suite)
00:04:04

HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dave Holland, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Flying Dervish Intro (“Omar Khayyam” Suite)
00:04:02

HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist

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Flying Dervish (”Omar Khayyam” Suite)
00:06:01

HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dave Holland, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Flying Dervish Outro (”Omar Khayyam” Suite)
00:02:18

Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist

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Sudra Funk
00:04:21

MARCUS MILLER, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Whirling in the Air
00:03:48

Dave Holland, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist

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Spinning Hermit
00:06:08

Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dave Holland, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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11
Herbie’s Dance
00:04:52

HERBIE HANCOCK, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dave Holland, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Lyricist, Arranger, MainArtist - Ambrose Akinmusire, FeaturedArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Ondes of Chakras
00:06:17

MARCUS MILLER, FeaturedArtist - Vinnie Colaiuta, FeaturedArtist - Dhafer Youssef, Composer, Arranger, MainArtist - Nguyên Lê, Arranger, FeaturedArtist - Rakesh Chaurasia, FeaturedArtist - Adriano Dos Santos Tenorio, FeaturedArtist

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Album review

What do keyboardist Herbie Hancock, bassist Marcus Miller, double bassist Dave Holland, guitarist Nguyen Lê, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and singer/oudist Dhafer Youssef all have in common? They’re all huge names in their field. So, it’s only natural that anything they produce together should be something special. This is certainly the case with Dhafer Youssef’s ninth album. Having so many huge names come together is unusual. So unusual, indeed, that it almost feels like a mirage – one that might disappear if only you were to pinch yourself. Inspired by jazz (jazz-rock, specifically), funk and ‘world music’ (notably oriental and Indian), it’s impossible to fit this record into one box.


This album is like an apparition—like a spaceship flying across a starry night sky. From the very first track, which gives the name for this album, Dhafer Youssef’s voice transports the music to whole new heights. Like someone calling from the abyss, his vocals float atop waves of precise yet obscure sound. Each musician has obvious talent and an impressive CV, yet they don’t seem to feel the need to prove anything to each other; they serve nothing but the music. There’s a lot of technical and instrumental skill displayed throughout this album, but there’s also intuition, creative abandon and an almost telepathic harmony between the artists. The compositions are complex and unique in the way they link two musical extremes: groove and ambient. You’ll need to listen to this one with your eyes closed and your chakras wide open. © Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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