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Monday, Nov. 4, 2013
 Grounded in the Middle East but finding meaningful connections with music from many other places, the American group Salaam explores chordal connections with mariachi, minor-key electronica and jazz on Train to Basra. “Blue notes” often provide the common ground—in a shared musical language drawn from the
Monday, Aug. 24, 2009


Salaam's music sounds as if it could have emerged from the cafes of Beirut. Instead, it's the brainchild of Middle Western Americans, not all of Middle Eastern descent. Some of the music on their debut CD recalls the swirling, lush Arabic orchestras of the early 20th century; some is closer to Balkan melancholy or the lively craziness of klezmer. Occasionally, jazz and...