Ever since I heard Paco de Lucía play the oud on Almoraima I've been facinated with it's sound and it's place in modern flamenco music.
Ottmar Liebert (on guitar) and Rahim Alhaj on the oud have released an excellent effort. Also included are Jon Gagan (bass, keyboard), who also produced the CD, and Barrett Martin (percussion).
Free downloads of the music are available at Liebert's site, HERE.
I'm not sure why I like the oud so much but I've noticed that like a blues guitar, it cries and sings with so much feeling when the strings are bent.
Hope you enjoy it and be sure to visit the site, lots more info there.