Released on March 2, 2006 by Wech records (France)
After his outstanding debut album "Phrygian Istikhbar" released in 2003, Wajdi CHERIF is back in 2006 with a second album entitled "Jasmine", a refined and delicate album, inspired by the mix of different musical and cultural influences including jazz and arabic music... Wajdi Cherif's music is open not only to Arabic melodies of his early childhood, but also to the different trends of jazz and European classical music, which influenced his compositions deeply. All this resulted in the creation of a brand new jazz sound, a symbiosis of jazz and Arabic music and a personal approach to playing piano. "From jazz to oriental music, I try to explore all the possibilities with my instrument", explains Wajdi CHERIF.
On "Jasmine", Wajdi Cherif explores new ways playing and composing Arabic music, charging it each time with unique atmospheres. Every composition of the CD is a scene or natural landscape (Falaises, which is the French word for cliffs, Geranium Blues, Jasmine, Say something, Pochade...).
The instruments on "Jasmine" were chosen with great care, where the nostalgic and soft Ud sound meets the enchanting flute and saxophones of David Sauzay, the deep-rooted and percussive double bass lines of Yoni Zelnik, the powerful rhythmic support of drummer Mourad Benhammou and the expressive piano of Wajdi Cherif. All these elements added to the magical and enchanted moods of each composition create a rich music where space and silence are valued.
"Jasmine" is available through cdbaby (audio samples included)
"Wajdi Cherif has a rather gracious musical character that is well served by the accompanying musicians (authoritative flute of David Sauzay), which interplays with the rhythmic colors brought by Mourad Benhammou, at ease in both musical languages... The profusion of colors and the rhythmic energy makes "Jasmine" a charming album." jazzhot Magazine
"Jasmine diffuses a pleasant and rich perfume and reveals a marvelous Eastern warmth, which invites us to reveries full of gentleness, and announces pleasant summer evenings." Zicline
"Pochade, immediately draws the extremely original contours of the album, with a double savor of jazz and arabic music. The second track 'Jasmine', also the title of the album, diffuses indeed a soft Eastern perfume whose delicacy is a real joy. 'Falaises' confirms the inventiveness of Wajdi Cherif and his unique style, a very convincing fusion of jazz and Arabic music..." Piano Bleu
- ISC International Songwriting Competition 2005 (USA) - Indie Acoustic Awards (One on the best albums of 2005!) (USA) - D'autres Sons Songwriting Competition (Europe)
More info on www.wajdicherif.com
Contact: Wech records (France)
Phone: +33 6 78 59 95 63 / +33 1 46 12 98 55