Friday, August 19, 2011

Tareq Abboushi & Shusmo: Mumtastic

Palestinian pianist and buzuq player Tareq Abboushi along with his co-conspirators that make up Shusmo have turned Arabic music inside out with their release of Mumtastic. To clue listeners into the group's style "shusmo" means "whatchamacallit" in Arabic and "mumtaz" is Arabic for excellent. And indeed descriptive terms for the music on Mumtastic are hard to come by as this quintet's tears through the ground rules of genre, fusing Arabic music with jazz, funk and sassy Latin grooves.

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