28 September 2006

SALAH RAGAB AND THE CAIRO JAZZ BAND PRESENT EGYPTIAN JAZZ - RAMADAN IN SPACE TIME






















Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt in 1968, and was also the leader of the Military Music Departments in Heliopolis. On this recording the band consists of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums and percussion. Western jazz musicians have been fascinated with the world of Islam for many years, and it was therefore inevitable that musicians of the Arabian North African area would be equally influenced by western music. This record represents The Cairo Jazz Band responding to the American jazz scene of the 60s and 70s with influences from Mongo Santamaria, Yusef Lateef and Ahmud Abdul-Malik to Randy Weston and Sun Ra. This release marks the first time Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band's definitive works are presented to the west.
This has to be one of the best re-issues of the year-fantastic music!!!

10 comments:

141743rd said...

Am dl-ing now. Should be really interesting, how a band like that develops on the other side of the globe.
I love the power of so many instruments together. Probably won't get a chance to listen to it properly though for a couple of days.

Thanks - 43rd

R. said...

This is a wonderful tip. The Arab flavour makes it quite irresistible. Also got the excellent Ahmed Abdul-Malik album by your recommendation here (from Dusty Groove). Much obliged!

pastyhead said...

yo yo ...MR.P. lov'n this..:)groove on my hansom...xpastyhead

NotGonnaTellYa said...

Very nice. Thank you.

faslimy said...

what a find, top stuff right here.

Shtebe said...

This stuff is effing beautiful...thank you for posting it. I fervently hope you'll find more in your travels....THANKS!

treibstoff said...

hi


another friend at skafunkrastapunk forum reuped it:
http://rapidshare.com/files/566132/RAMTIME.zip

but anyhow, thanx a lot for this.........

cheers

beb said...

Just wonderful - no other words needed......

just hope the musicians are still around

Petr said...

treibstoff
big thanks for reup

DJ Ventilator said...

i find it unbelievable how this man combines ethiopian jazz with latin and other styles...

one of my best albums!!!
vinyl rules!