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Written in fRoots issue 329/330, 2010
 

MATHIAS EICK, PASHA HANJANI, ERTAN TEKIN
Three Wise Men

Kirkelig Kulturverksted FXCD 355

If this serene, non-kitsch album were playing in our shops, Christmas would be a much more tolerable, peaceful time. The misty tone of Norwegian Mathias Eickís trumpet and his limpid piano, vibes and double bass lead and underpin the sensuous weaving of Ertan Tekinís Turkish duduk and Pasha Hanjaniís Iranian ney in re-evaluating arrangements of the shapely tunes of Christmas songs, carols and hymns from Scandinavia, Britain, France, Germany, Sicily and Palestine.
      The trumpet, ney and duduk were recorded in the Bulgarian Church of Stephan in Istanbul; as producer Erik Hillestadís notes point out, travel to Bethlehem isnít really possible for Iranians, Christian or not, but they can go to Istanbul ďwhere East meets West, South meets North, and the past meets the presentĒ.
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