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Dhafer Youssef & Wolfgang Muthspiel – Glow (2009)

Of Tunesian origin, Dhafer Youssef lives in Germany and has released some nine albums. His influences are definitely his home country’s musical heritage. However, his albums are strongly influenced by jazz and fusion. Youssef’s voice – his mail instrument -is angelic. It has an astronomical range and different sounds (no, he’s no Al Jarreau).  Besides being a gifted singer, he also plays the oud, an arabic lute.  This album Glow is a collaboration with guitar player Wolgang Muthspiel of Austrian origin, who I first noticed playing with Marc Johnson.

This album is a modest album in the sense that it is not about muscle music. The tracks are not over dramatic, everything is kept intimate, subdued, mostly acoustic. When electronics are used, it’s been done very tasteful.