Kamran Mobasser- SpiderWeb Music
Ahmad Mansour’s latest Album Short Cuts, arguably his best to date, showcases a creative and original musician with the technical and conceptual maturity to successfully express a highly personal style. The musical dialogue with his long time musical partner bassist Terje Gewelt and outstanding drummer Eric Smith yields an organic, richly textured and foot-tapping result.
Infectious grooves reminiscent of the Allman brothes Band or Dire straits coexist with nuanced melodic phrasing that recall more the impressionistic sophistication and lyricism of Lee Konitz. These and many more diverse stylistic influences lie on a comfortable bed of unusual but coherent songforms that employ interesting and at times surprising harmonic movements and cadences. Ahmad’s Guitar concept is one of the most original ones in the world today, not many could boast a more refined legato techinique and his open string melodic concepts are absolutely unique. Producing successful music involves walking the tight rope between predictability and obscurity and Ahmad has achieved that with his new Album Short Cuts.