Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band from 1973-previously unreleased but now issued by Art Yard as a double A side on a 7".
Here's a Yuletide bomb for you and one to get the house rocking on Christmas morning-a latin stormer from the Cairo Jazz Band with Salah Ragab at the helm.Never issued before this comes to you courtesy of Art Yard Records with their first 7" featuring a mad exotic romp entitled "A tribute To Sun Ra"(I've just ripped the other side which is this piece of latin mayhem so put your hand in your pocket and buy the 7" - it's well worth it) Very Highly Recommended!
A nice write up from Boomkat:
For most listeners, Cairo-based bandleader Salah Ragab first appeared on the radar via the Art Yard label's splendid Egyptian Jazz LP, which featured the maestro in charge of a band versed in the militaristic repertoire of an army orchestra, but relatively unexperienced in the field of jazz. This 7" features music recorded towards the tail end of the 1968-1973 period over which that album was put together, and sports a tribute toSun Ra on the A-side - a fairly appropriate name to inspire an Egyptian jazz record. You'd be hard pressed to identify much of the Arkestra's free music stylings here though, the Cairo Jazz Band's sound is far more organised, albeit whilst gravitating towards a more unusual array of percussion instruments and quirky rhythmic patterns. The B-side 'Latino In Cairo' places even greater emphasis on this sort of percussive layering, and sounds similarly idiosyncratic. Absolutely brilliant stuff - a must!