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Artist: Omar Rahbany
Label: Rahbany Yahya Productions
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 10 March 2017

Omar Rahbany releases his new album Passport, which features over 180 guest musicians including Steve Rodby (bassist for the Pat Metheny Group), Keith Carlock (drummer for Sting and Steely Dan), Wayne Krantz, Karim Ziad, and Cuong Vu (trumpeter for the Pat Metheny Group), along with accompaniment from the Kiev City Symphonic Orchestra...

Passport is an interesting and very diverse album. It does actually feels like you're on a journey across the world. Over the course of this album's 10 tracks (57 min, 03 sec) not only do we visit numerous places around the globe, but musically it touches on many different genres.

Heavy Jazz, World and Classical influences are fused with Arabic and Lebanese overtones throughout the album, meeting in a place where there are no divisions, culturally, linguistically or artistically. Passport breaks down barriers between cultures and countries, having travelled across world to complete it.

The album opens with 'Overture' which has both a French vibe, whilst stepping into Classical and instrumental Musical territories, as the album unravels you soon realise that this is not just an album, but is also a wonderful work of art in its own right.

It's an incredible album, and one that you'll be discovering new highlights within for months to come.


Nick Smithson

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