Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Egyptian Jazz

Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Egyptian Jazz

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Strut present the 1973 Egyptian jazz classic from Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band.

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Inspired by a concert in Cairo by Randy Weston in 1967 encouraging PanAfrican 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.”

The vinyl album is released in its original Prism Music Unit artwork and is packaged with the original house bag designs. CD version includes extra unreleased tracks and a 24 page booklet featuring unseen photos and extensive liner notes by Francis Gooding (The Wire).

LP Track listing
Side A
A1. Oriental Mood
A2. Dawn
A3. Mervat
Side B
B1. Ramadan In Space Time
B2. Kleopatra
B3. Neveen

CD Track listing

1.Oriental Mood
2. Dawn
3. Mervat
4. Ramadan In Space Time
5. Kleopatra
6. Neveen
7. Egypt Strut
8. A Tribute To Sun Ra
9. Khan Al-Kaleely
10. Black Butterfly
11. Latino In Cairo
12. Upper Egypt “The King’s Valley”
13. The Crossing
14. Calling You
15. Kleopatra (Alternate Take)
Artist: Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band
Label: Strut
Catalogue:
Barcode: 4062548021639
Format: LP or CD
Release Date: 12th November 2021
                               

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