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From the Nile
     

From the Nile

by Derf Reklaw-Raheem
 

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Derf Reklaw (hmm, wonder what his birth name could possibly be?) is a percussionist who straddles hard bop, free jazz, and world music, all three genres heavily influencing 1998's masterful From the Nile. More than just another African-influenced light jazz record to play in the background of funky but chic boutiques, these ten lengthy songs are challenging,

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Derf Reklaw (hmm, wonder what his birth name could possibly be?) is a percussionist who straddles hard bop, free jazz, and world music, all three genres heavily influencing 1998's masterful From the Nile. More than just another African-influenced light jazz record to play in the background of funky but chic boutiques, these ten lengthy songs are challenging, forceful music that use their Brazilian, Haitian, and African elements not as color, but as the building blocks of the songs themselves. The songs are built on tricky polyrhythms (from Reklaw and up to four other drummers) with only the most minimal of melodic accompaniment -- a little trumpet, some guitar (most of it in the heavily rhythmic Nigerian style), and a touch of piano are the only thing keeping this from being all drums, all the time. Reklaw and the other vocalists declaim and chant the lyrics in a variety of languages over the rhythms, giving the whole album a sort of incantatory, almost religious feel that's quite impressive. From the Nile is strictly for world music fans, but it's much better than a lot of the watered-down polyglot pop that passes for world music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1998
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661103622
catalogNumber:
11036
Rank:
191788

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Performance Credits

Derf Reklaw-Raheem   Primary Artist,Conductor,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Michael Harris   Trumpet
Billy Higgins   Drums
Rahmlee Michael Davis   Trumpet
Munyungo Jackson   Multi Instruments
Don Littleton   Drums,Tumba,Cascara
Leon Mobley   Conga,Djembe
Ronald Muldrow   Guitar
Nick Smith   Piano
Jeff Littleton   Bass
Zuri   Vocals
Reggie Carson   Bass
Da Pie 3.13 Mag   Vocals
Dwight Trible   Vocals
Trevor Ware   Bass,Claves,Acoustic Bass
Lui Lui Satterfield   Electric Bass,Djun-Djun
John Rangel   Piano,Marimbas

Technical Credits

Mark V.   Engineer
Derf Reklaw-Raheem   Arranger,Director,Poetry,Producer
Kamau Daa'ood   Poetry
Zuri   Vocal Arrangements
Mimi Archie   Sound Effects

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