Over the past few years they've gotten to know better classical contrabassist
Edgar Meyer, whose periodic forays into bluegrass, rock, and jazz have become as endearing as enlightening.
As with her 2008 album "Falak," her core accompanists are Dutch -- topflight session musicians clustered around her longtime collaborator, contrabassist
Tony Overwater -- punctuated by the riq (tambourine) of master percussionist Ali Khatib.
Cuba's musical status quo was revolutionized a year later, when another Havanese contrabassist
--featured back then as the songwriting cellist of Arcano y sus Maravillas, the island's most popular charanga-- wrote the danzon titled Mambo.
Pioneered by Lebanese composers like Ziad Rahbani and Toufic Farroukh, "Oriental jazz" -- the melding of Western jazz instrumentation and modalities with the quarter-tone scale of eastern music -- continues to be explored by younger performers like vocalist Rima Khcheich and contrabassist
Tony Overwater, her principal instrumentalist.
He had always been a contrabassist
, but one day he got a call from bandleader Rafael Somavilla Jr.
Wael Alkak's moody soundtrack navigates between scenes like a car edging though Beirut traffic, and the camera periodically returns to the terrace of a Beirut apartment block where contrabassist
Khaled Omran and vocalist Cynthia Choucair are performing what you've been hearing.
Not to mention the incomparable rhythmic anchor of contrabassist
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, and the seasoned alchemist of the Cuban flute- Richard Egues, Santa Clara's pride and joy.
In this he'll be accompanied by pianist Fadi Farah, contrabassist
Makram Abou El-Hessen, drummer Wissam Sawaya and veteran U.
Led by vocalist Belle du Berry, guitarist Potzi, trumpeter-pianist David Lewis, percussionist Francois-Francois (aka Jean-Francois Jeannin) and contrabassist
Mona Razanajato, Paris-Combo escorted their Beirut audience through a world of romance, laughter and dance.
Led by contrabassist
Felix Molina, Los Naranjos' citric material includes a few originals (mostly composed by vocalist Pablo Justiz), but most of the repertoire consists of Creole classics, from Miguel Matamoros' Nadie se Salva de la Rumba ( No one is safe from the rumba) to Rodrigo Prats' Amalia Batista (no relation to the late Fulgencio).
Sung in French, Arabic, English and Spanish, "Moon Breeze" sees Ghossoub collaborate with the critically acclaimed American pianist Cyrus Chestnut, contrabassist
Michel Donato and drummer Jim Hillman.
She and her collaborators -- whether the assortment of Beirut-area jazz players she worked with on her record "Yalalalli" or the Dutch session musicians clustered around contrabassist
Tony Overwater on "Falak" -- mingle the work of giants in the Arab classical tradition (Abdul Majid, Shaykh Sayyed Darwish) with that of contemporary composers (Issam Hajj Ali and Rabih Mroueh).
Conventionally it's only the conductor and contrabassist
who are allowed to stand (presumably for reasons of practicality) during a concert.
The grandfather had been a violinist and an improvisational musician of some note and his improv work (taqsim) wafts throughout this film -- both the original home recordings and contemporary updates performed by contrabassist
Nabil Amarshi and his ensemble People Playing Music.
Weighing in at 48 minutes, "Teta," isn't exactly of epic length but it punches above its weight -- thanks to formal interventions that elevate the film from amusing archival curio to a free-standing documentary-fiction hybrid, thanks, in part to the participation of People Playing Music, the quartet led by composer and contrabassist