The Sultan's Picnic

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The Sultan's Picnic
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Studio album by
RecordedMarch 13–16, 1994
StudioSound Studio N, Köln, Germany
GenreJazz, World music
ENJ 8078
ProducerRabih Abou-Khalil
Rabih Abou-Khalil chronology
The Sultan's Picnic
Arabian Waltz

The Sultan's Picnic is an album by the Lebanese oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, fusing traditional Arab music with jazz, which was recorded in 1994 and released on the Enja label.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores

The Allmusic review by Kurt Keefner stated "Composer and oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil generates variety and interest by bringing aboard different guest musicians for each album. The personnel on Sultan's Picnic is so similar to that of Blue Camel that one might expect them to sound similar. But there's a key difference in the presence of Howard Levy ... a talented harmonica player who has done a lot of offbeat work ... Despite the power of Charlie Mariano on alto sax and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, this album is dominated by the idioms of the harmonica, specifically the jazzy, quirky, lackadaisical idiom popularized by Levy's work with the Flecktones".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Rabih Abou-Khalil

  1. "Sunrise in Montreal" – 8:14
  2. "Solitude" – 6:32
  3. "Dog River" – 4:25
  4. "Moments" – 6:17
  5. "Lamentation" – 8:59
  6. "Nocturne au Villaret" – 6:33
  7. "The Happy Sheik" – 6:02
  8. "Snake Soup" – 4:28



  1. ^ Enja Records main series discography accessed June 18, 2018
  2. ^ Rabih Abou-Khalil discography accessed June 18, 2018
  3. ^ a b Keefner, Kurt. Rabih Abou-Khalil: The Sultan's Picnic – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved June 18, 2018.