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Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers On JazzSet
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Amir ElSaffar's new album is called Alchemy. Nicole LeCorgne/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Amir ElSaffar Navigates Uncharted Blue Notes On 'Alchemy'
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Amir ElSaffar And Two Rivers, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2013
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'The Blues in E Half-Flat' by Amir ElSaffar
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Musician Strays from Jazz for Iraqi Musical Tradition
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