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The "A" Trio is Al Maslakh label founder, trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, with acoustic guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui and bassist Raed Yassin, performing extended, extreme improvisations performed by deft hands using unusual techniques.

"A" Trio: Kerbaj / Sehnaoui / Yassin
Music To Our Ears

Label: Al Maslakh    
Released in: Lebanon    

"Could this be the sound of war? Beirut based trumpet player Mazen Kerbaj was born in 1975, the year that saw the beginning of Lebanon's quarter century of savage internecine struggles - and the rumble of conflict permeates this release. Al Maslakh, the label he founded with guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui in 2005, translates as The Slaughterhouse and has a bloody cleaver for a logo, while Kerbaj's cubist-inspired cartoon sleeve illustrations look like Guernica with guitars. The acoustic improvised drones they make, together with bassist Raed Yassin, range from insistent, chiming resonances with emergency alarm bells to low thrumming hums - evoking helicopter gunships hovering overhead, or bulldozers demolishing bomb-blasted apartments. All three musicians largely avoid conventional technique, instead using what sounds like motorised devices to generate rattling, metallic vibrations, building a mechanistic backdrop out of which the instruments' true voices occasionally - and very briefly - arise like anguished cries for help. It's rare to hear improvisation making such a powerful comment on the dehumanising effects of industrialised violence."-Daniel Spicer, The Wire

Foldover paper insert with graphic images and Al Maslakh catalog.

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Foldover paper insert with graphic images and Al Maslakh catalog.

Label: Al Maslakh
Catalog ID: MSLKH 14
Squidco Product Code: 16013

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Lebanon
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studio on September 29th, 30th, 2010.


Mazen Kerbaj-trumpet

Sharif Sehnaoui-acoustic guitar

Raed Yassin-double bass

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Track Listing:

1. Textural Swing 33:15

2. Three Portraits in No Color 8:01

3. The Shape of Jazz That Came 7:34

4. Tomorrow, I'll Make Breakfast 6:12