Salah Ragab & Cairo Jazz Band, Egypt Strut (RSD)

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DROP 1 - RSD 2021
2LP - STRUT
2021 06 12

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    TRACKLIST 

    Side A

    A1 Oriental Mood 4.45 

    A2 Dawn 8.04

    A3 Mervat 4.17


    Side B

    B1 Ramadan In Space Time 4.20 

    B2 Kleopatra 5.04

    B3 Neveen 7.54


    Side C

    C1 Egypt Strut 4.52

    C2 A Tribute To Sun Ra 3.22 

    C3 Khan Al-Kaleely 4.54

    C4 Black Butterfly 4.04


    Side D

    D1 Latino In Cairo 3.55

    D2 Upper Egypt “The King’S Valley” 5.46

    D3 The Crossing 2.53

    D4 Kleopatra (Alternate Take) 4.52


    DESCRIPTION

    Strut present the definitive edition of the 1973 Egyptian jazz classic, 'Egypt Strut' by Salah Ragab and Cairo Jazz Band for the June Record Store Day Drop, 2021.


    Salah Ragab - Cairo Jazz Band “One of the most unique and dramatic albums in all of global jazz music.” Francis Gooding, The Wire Strut present the definitive edition of the 1973 Egyptian jazz classic, 'Egypt Strut' by Salah Ragab and Cairo Jazz Band for the June Record Store Day Drop, 2021. Inspired by a concert in Cairo by Randy Weston in 1967 encouraging Pan African 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.” This expanded version of the album features eight extra tracks recorded during associated sessions. It is released in its original Prism Music Unit artwork for the first time and is packaged with the original house bag designs, an original mini-booklet describing the tracks and an 8pp over sized booklet featuring rare photos and extensive new liner notes by Francis Gooding.


    Key Points

    Landmark Egyptian jazz album recorded by Salah Ragab in 1972

    Includes eight bonus tracks from associated sessions Package features unseen photos and extensive new liner notes by Francis Gooding (The Wire). Remastered by Technology Works

    Released in original Prism Music Unit artwork for the first time. Package features Prism Music Unit inner sleeves and replica of original mini booklet


    PACKAGING: 2LP IN SINGLE LP SLEEVE W/ OVERSIZED 8pp BOOKLET + MINI 4PP BOOKLET REPLICA. ORIGINAL COLOUR INNER SLEEVES