Blues for Tahrir is an example of one of my more recent fusions of jazz and Middle Eastern music as explained in the project description for my Todd Marcus Quartet. It uses a contemplative feel by the rhythm section and melodies by my clarinet that are composed of different Middle Eastern scales. The recording features clarinetist Don Byron, one of the pioneers of the clarinet in modern jazz.
After solos by myself on bass clarinet and drummer Eric Kennedy, the arrangement introduces a new Middle Eastern inspired melody which in a traditional Middle Eastern setting would be played in unison with other instruments or vocalists. In this setting though, I've assigned chords that fuse this Middle Eastern type theme with jazz harmonies without losing the essence of the Middle Eastern feel.
Performed at The MidAtlantic Jazz Festival, 2013 in Rockville, MD, DC with:
Todd Marcus (bass clarinet)
Don Byron (clarinet)
Xavier Davis (piano)
Eric Kennedy (drums)
Eric Wheeler (bass)