Friday, April 3, 2020

THE CAIRO FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE


A message from Soundohm

Officially reissued after 50 years, Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble's "Heliopolis" is an entirely singular work of towering proportions, a stunning blend of big band spiritual jazz, the music of the Middle East, and the fire and energy of freejazz - unveiling a deep creative resonance with the contemporaneous efforts of Pharaoh Sanders, Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra - accumulating its elements and indigenous, cultural specificities to create a musical object with few parallels.



If there ever was a truly global musical language, it is hard to find a better example than jazz. First emerging from African American communities during the early years of the 20th century, by the 1920s, unique, indigenous forms began appearing in every corner of the globe, endlessly encouraging artists from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and sets of experience to come together in song over the last century.

While idioms of jazz from countries like the United States, France, Germany, The Netherlands, England, and Japan have received plenty of attention and acknowledgement over the years, countless other unique visions of this music have remained widely overlooked. One of the best examples is none other than the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble from Egypt, whose lone LP, Heliopolis, has remained one of the great holy-grails for collectors since it was first released in 1970.

An absolute stunning piece of work with few parallels from the region, at long last it is receiving its first ever official reissue, via the always amazing Holidays Records.

One of the great projects in Egyptian jazz, the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble was formed by Salah Ragab and Hartmut Geerken as an avant-garde offshoot of The Cairo Jazz Band - the first jazz big band in the country - formed by Ragab in 1968. Many will recognize the name of the later via their legendary 1983 collaborative LP, In Egypt, created with The Sun Ra Arkestra.

When encountering the Cairo FreeJazz Ensemble’s lone LP, Heliopolis, the deep resonance found between these artists and their American counterparts becomes startlingly clear.


An entirely singular work of towering proportions, Heliopolis is a stunning blend of big band spiritual jazz, the music of the Middle East, and the fire and energy of freejazz - unveiling a deep creative resonance with the contemporaneous efforts of Pharaoh Sanders, Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra - accumulating its elements and indigenous, cultural specificities to create a musical object with few parallels.

Enabled by Geerken’s connections with the Goethe-Institut in Cairo, copies of the tiny original pressing are as rare and sought after as any in the canon of recorded jazz. There’s little question why. The album is a throbbing, squealing, wild journey through the heights creative of sound, channeling swirling, focused artistry that taps the ancient and future in a single blow.

A total revelation that draws the ear toward the unsung history of global jazz, this record is just as killer as they come. An ecstatic, immersive force of joyful sound. We can’t thank Holidays enough for bringing this one back, 50 years after it first emerged.

Issued as a fully remastered, deluxe edition, with a beautiful booklet, we couldn’t possibly recommend it enough.

https://www.holidaysrecords.it/




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

NEW ALBUM BY THE ROSA ENSEMBLE


The Rosa Ensemble will be releasing "Akasha" on April 10.
Available on Bandcamp as "pay what you want",
but also released on CD



ZAPPASTRAAT (ZAPPA STREET) IN TILBURG NL


Up in the northern part of Tilburg, The Netherlands.

So now Tilburg is not only the home of the 'Paradox' jazz club but also of a Zappa street.


-- info : Jeroen Janssens



NEW ALBUM BY CABALLERO REYNALDO


Caballero Reynaldo is releasing a new album.
"Cronos".
12 original songs.
with Manoel Macía and Román García




SUN RA'S CELESTIAL LOVE RE-RELEASED


To be released in May 2020
On vinyl and on CD,
Sun Ra's "Celestial Love"
Out on Modern Harmonic



• AVAILABLE ON LP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OVER 30 YEARS!
• FEATURING CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE QUEEN OF AFROFUTURISM, JUNE TYSON!
• INCLUDES A BONUS CUT FROM THE SAME SESSIONS, NOT AVAILABLE ON THE ORIGINAL LP!


MARK WINGFIELD


Support the MoonJune Records label and Mark Wingfield by downloading "Tales From The Dreaming City".
Released in 2018.
Now available for a 'pay-what-you-want' download.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

TODD RUNDGREN TO RECORD DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN ANTHEM


from GlassOnyon PR

Todd Rundgren Recruits Guest Artists for Democratic Campaign Anthem

Todd Rundgren and some well known guest artists are re-recording his 1973 anthem “Just One Victory” and giving it away for free to Democrats throughout the US running for public office this year. So far Joe Walsh, Daryl Hall, and Paul Shaffer have already agreed to join the effort along with producer Don Was. The idea was suggested by former Bearsville Records executives Paul Fishkin and Marc Nathan.

“Just One Victory” originally appeared as the final track on Rundgren's critically acclaimed 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star.

Rundgren hopes that other notable artists sign on as well. “Let's go for 'We Are the World,'” he recently told Andy Greene of Rolling Stone. “Not many people know about it at this particular moment, especially because just as we were getting into the project this huge distraction [of the virus] came along. We are waiting for everyone to settle down from that before we refocus on the political and start actively soliciting some performances.”

Guest artists on the song don't need to be musicians or even musically inclined. Once the song is recorded any Democrat will be able to use the song for free. “It's really the kind of thing to get people hyped up and ready to go out and vote,” Rundgren says.

Read the recent interview Todd Rundgren did with Andy Greene of Rolling Stone: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/todd-rundgren-victory-democrats-973903/

the original version:


R.I.P. AAD HOOGESTEEGER


Fellow Zappa-freak Aad Hoogesteger passed away yesterday.
My thoughts are with his family.
Rest in peace, dear friend.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

RESIDENTS MERCHANDISE


With their recent performance of God In Three Persons and the cancelled tour, our Rezifriends have some merchandise available.
Artwork for the program by one of my favourite illustrators / comic book artists: Stéphane Blanquet !

The tour should come to Europe in Jan / Feb 2021.

https://residents.com/news/



WE ARE STILL ALIVE!!! AND STILL SELLING STUFF!!!
The God in 3 Persons EXTRAVAGANZAS at the World Renowned Museum of Modern Art have created a mighty buzz among the Faceless Four's Faithful Fans, while also creating a MONUMENTAL DEMAND for the boffo poster program created by the incomparable French artiste Stéphane Blanquet. Up to now, preparation for the currently postponed American DOG STAB! tour has prevented us from purveying these exquisite jewels, but HEY!... things change, which is your good luck unless of course you get the VIRUS FROM HELL!!!

In addition, the highly regarded independent publisher ANTIBOOK CLUB is re-releasing a paperback edition of The Residents' Bad Day on the Midway novel. Just like the original hard bound edition, the paperback version will also include the CD, Bad Day Reconsidered.


Friday, March 27, 2020

EMIL RICHARDS


Emil Richards was a part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra (Feb - March 1967) when Frank Zappa recorded the orchestral parts for "Lumpy Gravy".

Here's more info on two of his albums:

https://surfingtheodyssey.blogspot.com/2020/03/emil-richards-and-microtonal-blues-band_27.html

https://surfingtheodyssey.blogspot.com/2020/03/emil-richards-and-microtonal-blues-band.html

-- info: Jan van Kemenade