Munir Bachir

Munir Bachir & Mohamed Elkassabgi

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A 'ud virtuosi of two generations and two traditions, Munir Bachir is perhaps the finest living player in the great Iraqi school. In the Geneva concert featured in this record, he plays both traditional modes and looser, more personal improvisations of marked Spanish influence. The great Egyptian player Elkassabgi both composed for and accompanied Umm Kulthum in her early glory days: his solos here are drawn from 78s originals.