Wajdi Cherif's music is open not only to Arabic melodies of his early childhood, but also to the different trends of jazz and European classical music, which influenced his compositions deeply. All this resulted in the creation of a brand new jazz sound, a symbiosis of jazz and Arabic music.
On "Jasmine", Wajdi Cherif explores new ways playing and composing Arabic music, charging it each time with unique atmospheres. Every composition of the CD is a scene or natural landscape (Falaises, which is the French word for cliffs, Geranium Blues, Jasmine, Say something, Pochade...).
The instruments on "Jasmine" were chosen with great care, where the nostalgic and soft Oud sound meets the enchanting flute and saxophones of David Sauzay, the deep-rooted and percussive double bass lines of Yoni Zelnik, the powerful rhythmic support of drummer Mourad Benhammou and the piano of Wajdi Cherif. All these elements added to the magical and enchanted moods of each composition create a rich music where space and silence are valued.
***** DISTINCTION/AWARDS ******
"JASMINE" has been selected as a finalist in the Indie Acoustic Project’s “Best CDs of 2005” awards in the World Music: Eurasia & Global Beat category. “one of the best CDs of 2005.”
Wajdi Cherif is finalist in The International
Songwriting Competition (ISC) USA
"Pochade ", the first track of "Jasmine" is finalist in The
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) USA in the
instrumental category. Judges include Sonny Rollins
,John Scofield, Steve Vai, Tom Waits...
"Saliha's Tribute" won the third price in the International Songwriting contest of EuroMedCafe "D'autres sons" in Belgium.