Been listening to this record over and over the last few days. Thought I'd share it today as it is so enjoyable.
Toufic Farroukh is a saxophone player and composer of jazz with a middle-eastern flavour stemming from his bi-cultural roots in Lebanon and France.
His brother, a saxophone player, guided him in learning to play the instrument and taught him its ABCs. He was an amateur who instilled in Toufic the love of professionalism. They had discovered the saxophone in the Boy Scouts. The instrument was strange to their environment; unconventional, and used only for certain occasions.
Farroukh moved from Beirut to Paris, where he studied music in the conservatory and in the Advanced College of Music, saxophone was his principal instrument. He did not study jazz and its roots at all, nor played jazz on the saxophone.
His first album “Ali on Broadway” (1994), received good press from the specialist magazines, but only touched the French public in small measure. In his second album “Little Secrets” (1998), the flavour and colour of the Orient make their appearance here and there, in amongst the jazz motifs. (Wikipedia)
I'll let the music tell you what you need to know about his sensibility, style and art. But this is best when you can turn up the stereo.
01 Systole, Diastole
03 Radio City
04 Ya Nassim Alrouh
05 Destins Et Desirs
06 The Girl From Gypsy Moon
09 Scarecrow And Peacock
10 Ya Habibi
11 Long Distance Call (LDC)
12 Only Lonely