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Smooth Oriental

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Interpreter: Omid Bahadori
Label: Niwo Music
Location: Iran

Born in Iran, Bahadori learnt to play guitar in his adopted homeland of Germany. Despite expectations of Kenny G-like deliveries of emasculated Orientalism provoked by the title, his debut release is a stirring blend of electric guitar, strong performances from his accompanying musicians and a careful (if uncredited) production which is careful to keep it authentic while delivering enough ‘art’ to satisfy the most demanding hi-fi road-tester. There are some great arrangements – swirling sax when you least expect it, plangent violin, heartfelt vocals and exquisite percussion.