Karkhana – Al Azraqayn (Karlrecords, 2LP/digital)

Attention: supersupergroup alert! The seven-member band Karkhana counts greats like Maurice Louca, Mazen Kerbaj and Umut Çağlar from the Turkish group Konstrukt among its members, and »Al Azraqayn« on the Berlin label Karlrecords is correspondingly impressive and versatile. Over the entire length of the double LP, Sam Shalabi on the oud or drummer and percussionist Michael Zerang sometimes take on soloist roles, but the end result always sounds like a playful collaboration between the musicians just as different musical traditions between free jazz, improv rock and Middle Eastern elements interlock with each other. Music that blows the dust off the synapses.