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Beginning to See the Light by Tamer Tewfik Jazz Ensemble

As a long time colleague of Tamer's I hesitated to submit this review, concerned about my lack of objectivity. Until I remembered it is due to the quality of his work that he has become and remained a respected colleague.

I first discovered Tamer when I was hired as the stage manager of a show in which he was featured. His connection to the music and to the audience made a sweet show exciting and fun for all concerned.

Beginning to See the Light is one of those special recordings that allows the listener to be right there as if in conversation with the artist. Tamer's musicianship is second only to his heart, both of which are evident on this CD. He will break your heart with the longing of I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face, accompanied only by Dave Wood's guitar, a track so rich it exemplifies the phrase "less is best." Equally powerful is the depth and understanding of God Bless the Child. Spirits will soar as you dance with him to Singing in the Rain.

Even without lyrics Tamer and the Ensemble take you for a wonderful ride. From the Latin toe-tapper Que Rico (written by Tamer) to the soft strains of Moonlight in Vermont (and two other instrumental tracks) there is something for everyone here, and yet the whole is not at all disjointed. Rather it comes together as any great ensemble will. You hear not individual instruments or notes, just great music.

Beginning to See the Light ends with Bye, Bye, Blackbird. Listen carefully. You'll hear Tamer wink and wave "Bye, Bye." With this CD in your collection it need only be "So long for now."

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tamer Tewfik Jazz Ensemble
  • CD Title: Beginning to See the Light
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Swamp Queen Music
  • Rating: Five Stars
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