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Amir ElSaffar - Alchemy album download
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Amir ElSaffar (born 1977 Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. His compositions combine jazz, classical, and traditional Arabic music. ElSaffar was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1977. His mother, Ruth Anthony El Saffar, an American, was a Cervantes scholar and Jungian analyst. His father, Zuhair El Saffar, is an Iraqi immigrant and physicist. He studied classical music at Depaul University in Chicago

Amir ElSaffar ‎– Alchemy. Label: Pi Recordings (2) ‎– PI51. Selections From The Alchemy Suite.

Album · 2012 · 10 Songs. Amir ElSaffar, Vijay Iyer, Ken Filiano & Royal Hartigan). Tareq Abboushi, Carlo DeRosa, Ole Mathisen, Zaafir Tawil & Nasheet Waits).

Alchemy is the latest chapter in trumpeter Amir ElSaffar s continuing investigation into the tonal systems of Middle Eastern cultures within a jazz context.

Amir ElSaffar: Alchemy by Maurizio Zerbo, published on March 3, 2014. Segnatevi questo nome perché Amir ElSaffar è destinato a fare grandi cose. Sull'esempio di Charles Tolliver e Woody Shaw omaggiati nella postbopppistica "Athar Kurd," il trombettista statunitense di origini irachene vanta un timbro caldo ed avvolgente. Il suo magniloquente solismo è qui sostenuto da una originale progettualità rivolta ad integrare le tecniche modali arabe nel mondo jazzistica.

Artist: Amir ElSaffar. Label: Pi Recordings. Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar has spent the past decade studying the maqam, the ancient tonal system that is the cornerstone of Arabic music. While Elsaffar has mastered Arabic music’s traditional forms (some of the tunes on Alchemy make use of scales gleaned from 3,000-year-old Mesopotamian tablets), it is his application of those forms to contemporary jazz that marks him as an innovator.

Alchemy is a world fusion music album recording by AMIR ELSAFFAR released in 2013 on CD, LP/Vinyl and/or cassette. Amir ElSaffar trumpet John Escreet piano Ole Mathisen tenor sax Franחois Moutin bass Dan Weiss drums. Pi Records Pi51 (US). Recorded on May 25th, 2013 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY. Thanks to snobb for the addition. Alchemy PI RECORDINGS 2017. Alchemy by Amir Elsaffar (2013-10-22) PI Recordings.

Jazz is built on exploring tradition, but nobody goes deeper with the idea than Iraqi American trumpeter Amir ElSaffar. Long recognized for tapping a Middle Eastern melodic structure called the maqam, ElSaffar works with the Sumerian/Babylonian modes that evolved into the Western tonal system and the building blocks of modal jazz.


Ishtarum Suite
1 Ishtarum 7:48
2 Nid Qablitum 5:08
3 Embubum - Ishtarum - Pitum 10:56
Selections From The Alchemy Suite
4 12 Cycles 7:07
5 Quartal 6:08
6 Balad 4:44
7 Five Phases 8:08
8 Athar Kurd 9:25
9 Miniature #1 2:59
10 Ending Piece 7:32

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  • Recorded At – Systems Two
  • Mixed At – Systems Two
  • Mastered At – Systems Two


  • Bass – François Moutin
  • Drums – Dan Weiss
  • Executive-Producer – Seth Rosner, Yulun Wang
  • Piano – John Escreet
  • Recorded By, Mixed By, Mastered By – Max Ross
  • Tenor Saxophone – Ole Mathisen
  • Trumpet, Producer, Composed By – Amir ElSaffar*


Recorded on May 25th, 2013 at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY

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  • Barcode: 808713005127