What a magnificent find! Salah Ragab is the father of Egyptian Jazz. He produces a sound that blends the best elements of the venerable genre, as well as bits of Latin, soundtrack, and even cha-cha-cha in his concoction.
Today’s treasure comes from a release from 2016. Finland’s Eero Koivistoinen pairs with his UMO Jazz Orchestra for a mellow, occasionally hot, new work. Not quite as wild as his 70s material, but still quite impressive.
Jazz is in wonderful hands over at Bandcamp. Click this link to see what new treasures you’ll be running into on the platform.
A bit of easy listening today, courtesy of Andy Loore (who is Janko Nilović under a pseudonym) partnering with Paul Kass.
Cezary Lerski lived in Los Angeles last I remember, and his label should be sainted for providing so many re-releases of classic Polish Jazz. This new series is being handled by Languidity Records, and they also do amazing work. Liza Premiyak of The Calvert Journal has more here.
“The fiddling Viking,” Svend Asmussen, passed away yesterday at age 100. He’s shown here playing the Russian standard, “Dark Eyes.”
Little Jimmy Scott suffered from Kallmann Syndrome, but he turned this into a benefit, developing one of jazz’s most unique voices.
Well, it’s not for everybody. Few, in fact. But, it’s nice to be reminded that there were happy times, and will be again. This slice of Americana was penned and performed by Phil Spitalny and his band.
Funky Jazz from the house band of the Soviet state record label, the Melodiya Ensemble. There’s almost no info on the band, but there is an article on Soviet Funk, so enjoy.
Kate Smith seems very appropriate today, 14 years after the 9/11 attack.