Odd Times

Odd Times is a live album by the Lebanese oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil which was recorded in Germany in 1997 and released on the Enja label.[1]

Odd Times
Live album by
RecordedMay 11-13, 1997
VenueStadtgarten, Köln, Germany
GenreJazz, World music
ENJ 9330
ProducerRabih Abou-Khalil, Howard Levy, Michel Godard, Mark Nauseef, Nabil Khaiat, Walter Quintus
Rabih Abou-Khalil chronology
Arabian Waltz
Odd Times


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic review by Kurt Keefner stated "Odd Times is Rabih Abou-Khalil's first live album. Since it would be impractical to assemble all of the guests he has had on his albums over the years, Abou-Khalil has gone in the other direction and pared his ensemble down to what is for him the bare bones ... Most live albums contain well-known pieces from the artist's studio repertoire; in contrast, Odd Times is mostly new material. In general, the album is a mix of shapeless, overlong attempts at atmosphere and fairly bouncy and fun items ... The pared-down lineup is engaging because Abou-Khalil's oud and Godard's tuba are more prominent; unfortunately, Levy's harmonica is also pronounced, and simply clashes with the entire project of fusing Arabic music and jazz".[2]

Track listing

All compositions by Rabih Abou-Khalil

  1. "The Sphinx and I" – 5:44
  2. "Dr. Gieler's Prescription" – 5:15
  3. "Elephant Hips" – 10:15
  4. "Q-Tips" – 4:34
  5. "Son of Ben Hur" – 11:29
  6. "The Happy Sheik" – 9:32
  7. "One Of Those Days" – 10:31
  8. "Rabou-Abou-Kabou" – 6:52



  1. Rabih Abou-Khalil discography accessed June 18, 2018
  2. Keefner, Kurt. Rabih Abou-Khalil: Odd Times – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
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