36 Songs, 1 Hour 55 Minutes

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Double Exposure

Though recognizable by his dreadlocks and turban, Idan Raichel often seemed to hide in plain sight. Concerts of his Idan Raichel Project feature up to 15 artists at a time on stage, no one commanding the spotlight, and the self-effacing maestro—as pianist, composer, lyricist, singer and producer—always at stage right. To date, he’s made six albums with the Project, a rotating assembly representing Israel’s diversity, with artists singing in Amharic and Arabic alongside Hebrew, plus guest performers from Africa, Europe and Latin America. He’s done two albums with the Touré-Raichel Collective, partnering with the Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. His collaborative music has made him an icon of cross-border understanding, but in 2015 Raichel released his first solo album, At the Edge of the Beginning, reflecting the transition to family and parenthood. He started touring without a band, presenting new and old songs stripped to their essence. The stripping was physical as well as musical, dreadlocks and turban giving way to a shaved pate. The changes are manifest on Raichel ·Piano ·Songs, his voice in Hebrew at once familiar and novel, singing of longing and searching, warmly filling the stage instead of standing at the edge. In this sweeping, live, 36-track musical garden, two recent and two classic songs stand out: In Lifney She’Yigamer (Before It Ends), he counsels taking risks and seizing life, while in Yored Ha’Erev (Evening Falls), he contrasts dreams of youth with acceptance of how things turn out. The indelible Mi'Ma'amakim (From the Depths), inspired by Psalm 130, speaks of love as giving, while Ba’Yeshimon (In the Wilderness) explores love in a place where no one is watching. Shorn of his locks and the cover of an entourage, Raichel remains as powerful as ever. —worldlisteningpost.com

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