:::Egyptian Jazz:::

Posted: Sunday, 7 March 2010 by jazzlover in Etykiety: ,

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Salah Ragab was a central figure in the history of jazz in Egypt. A sometime collaborator with Sun Ra, Ragab founded the Cairo Jazz Band in 1968, the same year that he became the head of the Egyptian Military Music Department. The Cairo Jazz Band was Egypt's first big band, mixing American jazz with North African music, combining jazz instrumentation and musical style with indigenous melodies and instruments, like the nay (bamboo flute) and the baza (ramadan drum). Such musical cross-fertilization was not unusual in itself; American musicians from Sun Ra to Yusef Lateef had long been fascinated by the music of Islam and North Africa, incorporating both the instruments and musical forms of the Fertile Crescent into their work. But Salah Ragab’s music presents a topsy-turvied perspective, a view from the other side of the musical equation of West meets Middle East.
More importantly, however, The Cairo Jazz Band seriously swings. While there have been some tantalizing tidbits from Ragab available in the past, such as the Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt release on Leo Records, this reissue is the first time such a wide variety of Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band's music has been made available outside Egypt. Collecting material from 1968-73, Egyptian Jazz is published by the UK imprint Art Yard, who have hitherto exclusively released an outstanding series of vinyl-only Sun Ra recordings. It's no surprise, then, that there's much here to appeal to Sun Ra aficionados, but with songs like the swaggeringly cocksure “Egyptian Strut” and blow-outs like the scorching “Ramadan in Space Time” and the ultra-groovy “Neveen,” this record more than stands on its own. As head of the Egyptian Military Music Department, Ragab had access to some of Egypt's finest instrumentalists, and he drew deep from this pool of musical talent. The ensemble playing is top-notch throughout and there are stand-out solos on flute, sax, and keyboards, notably on the percussion-heavy "Neveen
The CD version, which is the first such release by Art Yard, contains four bonus tracks, none of which, save perhaps the alternate take of "Kleopatra," smack remotely of filler. Indeed, one of the most enjoyable and idiosyncratic Ragab pieces here, the mysterious, multi-part serpentine stomper, "A Farewell Theme," is available only on the CD version. It's a fantastic release from beginning to end, capturing a particularly fruitful moment of musical cross-pollination.
:::Review taken from http://www.passionate-music.com:::

Salah Ragab And The Cairo Jazz Band - Egyptian Jazz (2006)

1.Ramadan In Space Time
4.Oriental Mood
7-Egypt Strut
8-The Crossing (Oubour)
9.Calling You
10.The Kings Valley-Upper Egypt
11.A Farewell Theme
12.Kleopatra (Alternate Take)

Bass - Moohy El Din Osman
Bongos - Sayed Ramadan
Conductor - Salah Ragab
Congas - Salah Ragab
Drums - Salah Ragab , Sayed Sharkawy
Drums [Baza] - Sayed Ramadan
Flute - Zaky Osman
Flute [Bamboo Nay] - Abdel Hamd Abdel Ghaffar (Toto)
Piano - Khmis El Khouly , Salah Ragab
Saxophone [Alto] - El Saied El Aydy , Farouk El Sayed
Saxophone [Baritone] - Abdel Hakim El Zamel , Saied Salama
Saxophone [Tenor] - Fathy Abdel Salam , Saied Salama
Trombone - El Sayeed Dahroug , Mahmoud Ayoub , Sadeek Basyouny
Trombone [Bass] - Abdel Atey Farag
Trumpet - Ibrahim Wagby , Khalifa El Samman , Mohammad Abdou , Zaky Osman
Tuba [Bass] - Mohammad Abdel Rahman

Recorded in Heliopolis Egypt.

3 komentarze:

  1. Yotte says:

    Thanks! I'm happy for the chance to hear this one.

  1. Bhowani says:

    salah ragab

    thank you !