EGYPTIAN JAZZ (RECORD STORE DAY 2021) by SALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND

SKU118077
ArtistSALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND
TitleEGYPTIAN JAZZ (RECORD STORE DAY 2021)
LabelSTRUT
Catalog #STRUT 263LPRSD
Genre
ReleaseW 25 - 2021
FormatVinyl - EULP
 € 27,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Oriental Mood
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-01.mp3
  2. Dawn
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-02.mp3
  3. Mervat
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-03.mp3
  4. Ramadan In Space Time
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-04.mp3
  5. Kleopatra
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-05.mp3
  6. Neveen
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-06.mp3
  7. Egypt Strut
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-07.mp3
  8. A Tribute To Sun Ra
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-08.mp3
  9. Khan El-Khaleely
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-09.mp3
  10. Black Butterfly
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-10.mp3
  11. Latino In Cairo
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-11.mp3
  12. Upper Egypt The King's Valley
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-12.mp3
  13. The Crossing
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-13.mp3
  14. Kleopatra (alternate take)
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/strut_263lprsd_egyptian_jazz/sf822558-01-01-14.mp3

Description

Strut present the definitive edition of the 1973 Egyptian jazz classic - with the original album complemented by eight extra tracks from related sessions on the second vinyl !

Inspired by a concert in Cairo by Randy Weston in 1967 encouraging Pan- African unity, drummer Ragab, Eduard “Edu” Vizvari, a Czech jazz musician, and Hartmut Geerken of Goethe Institut vowed to create Egypt's first jazz big band. Following the Arab-Israeli war, Ragab became a Major in the Egyptian army and had unparalleled access to the military's 3000 musicians spanning Upper and Lower Egypt, along with a wide range of instruments.

Part of the barracks were christened the Jazz House and, following a crash course in jazz history by Geerken, the Cairo Jazz Band was born, playing their first concert at Ewart Memorial Hall at the American University in 1969. Further inspired by Sun Ra & His Arkestra's first visit to Egypt in 1971, Ragab recorded an album for the Egyptian Ministry Of Culture a year later, entitled ‘Egyptian Jazz’, later released as 'Egypt Strut', a perfect fusion of jazz with Arabic modes with tracks referencing Islamic festivals, Egyptian landmarks and friends and family dear to Ragab. The Wire’s Francis Gooding summarises the album as “esoteric African American Egyptianism and radically spiritualised modal jazz taken up by Ragab as the tool for a form of mystical Egyptian nationalism – a triumphalist military jazz, angled in Ra-like fashion towards the Gods of the New Kingdom.”

This expanded version of the album features eight extra tracks recorded during associated sessions. It is released in its original Prism Music Unit artwork for the first time and is packaged with the original house bag designs, an original mini-booklet describing the tracks and an 8pp over- sized booklet featuring rare photos and extensive new liner notes by Francis Gooding

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