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Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band Present Egyptian Jazz - Ramadan In Space Time

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best of 2006Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band Present Egyptian Jazz - Ramadan In Space Time
(LP) Art Yard/Honest Jon's AY006LP, 2006-10-17

Tracklisting :
A1. Ramadan In Space Time
A2. Dawn
A3. Neveen
B1. Egypt Strut
B2. Oriental Mood
B3. Kleopatra
B4. Mervat

Note : Digitally Re-Mastered 24 Bit Direct Cut, Pressed On 170 Gram Vinyl

Musicians :
Salah Ragab - Conducting, Piano, Drums, Congas
Zaky Osman - Trumpet, Flute
Mohammad Abdou - Trumpet
Ibrahim Wagdy - Trumpet
Khalifa El Samman - Trumpet
Mahmoud Ayoub - Trombone
Sadeek Basyouny - Trombone
El Sayeed Dahroug - Trombone
Abdel Atey Farag - Bass Trombone
Mohammad Abdel Rahman - Bass Tuba
El Saied El Aydy - Alto Sax
Farouk El Sayed - Alto Sax
Saied Salama - Tenor Sax & Baritone Sax
Fathy Abdel Salam - Tenor Sax
Abdel Hakim El Zamel - Baritone Sax
Khmis El Khouly - Piano
Moohy El Din Osman - Bass
Abdel Hamid Abdel Ghaffar - (Toto), Nay, Bamboo Flute
Sayed Ramadan - Bongos & Baza (Ramadan Drum)
Sayed Sharkawy - Drums

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Press Release :
Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt {The Cairo Jazz Band} in 1968, he was also the leader of the Military Music Departments in Heliopolis, some of the best musicians in Egypt of that time were members of the band such as {Zaki Osman, Trumpet} - {Saied Salama, Tenor Sax} - {Khamis El -Kholy, Piano} - {Ala Mostafa, Piano}. On this recording The Band consists of five Saxophones, four Trumpets, four Trombones, Piano, Bass, Drums and Percussion.

The opening concert of The Cairo Jazz Band was in Ewart Memorial Hall at The American University 23/02/1968, There were many other concerts in various prestigious places such as the Old Opera House, The University of Alexandria and appearances on Egyptian T,V Jazz Club Weekly. Salah Ragab accompanied the great band leader and composer Sun Ra on a Tour in Egypt, Greece, France and Spain in 1984. He also studied jazz theories and improvisation with the Jazz musician and composer from Kansas City -USA, Osman Kareem, with whom he formed the first Jazz Quintet in Cairo in 1963 recording with the Radio Service of Cairo. He gave a series of educational lectures about Jazz History at the German Culture "Goethe Institute", plus writing the only jazz book in Arabic "Jazz Music The Roots and Future".

These recordings present Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band's definitive work, recorded in Heliopolis Egypt between 1968 and 1973. Western Jazz musicians have been fascinated with the world of Islam for many years, for religious - spiritual, musical and sociological reasons. It was therefore inevitable that musicians of the Arabian North African area would play a part in the interaction of these two Musical Cultures. The compositions correspond to the cross over of musical styles at the time of the recording, 5000 miles away across the Mediterranean and Atlantic in New York with releases on Moodsville by Yusef Lateef and RCA by Ahmud Abdul-Malik.

This record represents The Cairo Jazz Band responding to the American Jazz scene of the 60's and 70's with influences from Mongo Santamaria to Randy Weston and Sun Ra. These tracks were first presented by The Ministry Of Culture in Cairo as a Prism Music Production and released with an additional disk by the composer Soliman Gamil "Musical Images". This release marks the first time Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band's definitive works are presented to the west.


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