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Essia, the new album from Wajdi Riahi Trio, is a delicate weave of light, supple yet dense textures: craftsmanship that is both subtle and robust. Wajdi reveals his lyricism throughout the songs, each of which stands alone but, like a collection of short stories, ultimately form a cohesive whole.
The album tells of a journey between the pianist's two horizons: Tunis and Brussels. Stambeli and Gnawa music are an integral part of the album. The organic architecture of these (North) African rhythms blends with the complexity of jazz.