The Opposite Direction
Within the last forty seven days of listening and jotting down these notes, whenever I mention musical influence, the direction usually flows from east to west. Mostly when I do mention it, it’s just a smattering of sitar jangle behind a fuzzily psychedelic gloss.
Egyption Jazz is a great example of the water flowing in the opposite direction. It was a little disorienting hearing heavy, big-band compositions integrated with Arabian instruments and styling.
Some of the compositions on here are pretty grand in scale and often feel like a soundtrack to a period specific film epic. There’s more standard jazz fare included, but it’s largely underscored by some of the more sweeping material here.
“Egyption Strut” absolutely runs away with the show, though.
1. Ramadan In Space Time
4. Oriental Mood
7. Egypt Strut
8. A Tribute To Sun Ra
9. Latino In Cairo
10. Black Butterfly
11. The Crossing [Oubour]
12. Calling You
13. The Kings Valley – Upper Egypt
14. A Farewell Theme
Spend an evening with your eyes closed and imagine you’re watching a version of Lawrence Of Arabia where characters chain smoke and carry a trumpet around with them.