|A.J. Racy and buzuq at Alwan for the Arts in NYC|
|Amir ElSaffar and A.J. Racy|
On an old Lebanese love song, "Ya Loro Hubbuki," ElSaffar doubled Racy on the melody using a muted trumpet, perfectly calibrated to match the understated tone of the buzuq, and in perfect rhythmic synchrony. The three players all took highly expressive solos, with the other two players largely holding back. This was Near Eastern salon music at its best, uplifting and intimate and buoyed by flawless musicianship and palpable mutual respect.
|A.J. Racy with kawala|