Acclaimed for his fusion of world music with jazz, vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef now focuses more on the acoustic side of jazz with an exciting new quartet that includes pianist Tigran Hamasyan, bassist Chris Jennings and drummer Mark Guiliana. This new recording contrasts the sense of calm and serenity created by Dhafer's mesmeric voice and oud playing with Guiliana's trademark combination of energetic rhythmic multiple layers. The very special mix of musical elements and creative talent produces a new and original soundscape. With the musicians' commitment to exploring and experimenting paired with their subtlety and courage to be silent, it is sure to catch the ear of any attentive listener.
This is the debut album by a highly talented singer and harmonica master. Mitch Kashmar is one of the finest blues singers and harp players in the world today, and a gifted songwriter to boot. But despite unanimous rave reviews for his years of performances on the stages of clubs and festivals up and down the West Coast - and no fewer than fourteen foreign countries - the big breakthrough he's deserved has eluded him until now. "Nickels and Dimes" is not Mitch's first release, but it is certain to be his breakthrough into the mainstream of the blues world. He's got it all - powerfully soulful vocals, incendiary harp, and great original songwriting. One of the west coast blues scene's strongest performers.