Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt

Sun Ra Arkestra Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt

by Sun Ra
     
 
This important reissue should be greeted joyfully by Sun Ra aficionados, as it fills a hole in his discography, but it is neither stellar Ra nor great jazz. The beautifully packaged CD collects less than forty minutes of the Archestra performing in Egypt with legendary percussionist Salah Ragab, and adds two selections from The Cairo Jazz

Overview

This important reissue should be greeted joyfully by Sun Ra aficionados, as it fills a hole in his discography, but it is neither stellar Ra nor great jazz. The beautifully packaged CD collects less than forty minutes of the Archestra performing in Egypt with legendary percussionist Salah Ragab, and adds two selections from The Cairo Jazz Band, a short piece by an Egyptian sextet, and an interesting track from The Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble. The music from the Egyptians offers a fascinating peek at an attempt to integrate jazz improvisation with Arab culture. The CD leaflet documents some of the difficulties in bringing the concerts to fruition. On its own, the music should have relatively limited appeal, but as a novelty item, it should whet some appetites. The sound quality is slightly sub-par. ~ Steven A. Loewy

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2000
Label:
Golden Years Of New
UPC:
5024792100026
catalogNumber:
1

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra   Primary Artist,Organ,Keyboards,Leader,Melodica
John Gilmore   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Ronnie Brown   Percussion,Trumpet
Marshall Allen   Flute,Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Kora
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Herbert Joos   Percussion,Flugelhorn,Mellowphone
Chris "Chubby" Henderson   Drums
Tyrone Hill   Trombone
Eloe Omoe   Percussion,Bass Clarinet
Rollo Radford   Bass,Percussion
Salah Ragab   Conga,Drums,Leader
Eric "Samarai Celestial" Walker   Drums
Sun Ra Arkestra   Group
James Jacson   Percussion,Bassoon,Drums
Hartmut Geerken   Percussion,Conductor,Gong
Cairo Jazz Band   Group
Cairo Free Jazz Ensemble   Group
Esmat Abbas   Bass
Farouk Abdou   Tenor Saxophone
Mohammed Abdou   Trumpet
Sayyed el Aydy   Tenor Saxophone
Mahmound Ayoub   Percussion,Trombone
Sadeek Basyouni   Percussion,Trumpet
Claude Broche   Drums
Myriam Broche   Dancer
Matthew Brown   Conga
Claus Buehler   Bass,Percussion
Sayyed Dahrouk   Trumpet
Wilfried Eichhorn   Percussion,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Khamis el Khouly   Piano
Khalifa el Samman   Trumpet
Abdel Hakim el Zamel   Percussion,Baritone Saxophone
Abdel Atey Farag   Trumpet
Toto Abdel Hamid   Nay
Khalifa Ismail   Percussion,Trumpet
Zaky Osman   Trumpet,Oboe,Piccolo
Gregory P. Pratt   Dancer
Farouk Abdel Rahman   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Mohammed Abdel Rahman   Percussion,Tuba
Sayyed Ramadan   Bongos
Faith Abdel Salam   Percussion,Tenor Saxophone
Sayyed Salama   Tenor Saxophone
Rudi Theilmann   Percussion,Drums
Ibrahim Wagdi   Percussion,Trumpet
Helmut Zimmer   Percussion,Piano
Moohy El Din Osman   Bass,Percussion
Danny Thompson   Percussion,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Sun Ra   Composer
Salah Ragab   Composer
Hartmut Geerken   Liner Notes
Leo Feigin   Producer
Isabel Seeberg   translation
Kostas Yiannoulopoulos   Producer

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