[Music] Maurice Louca – Elephantine

Maurice Louca is a 36-year-old composer and guitarist/pianist from Cairo, Egypt.  This work, a co-release by the labels Northern Spy and Sub Rosa Records is his masterpiece; a composition sitting on the apex of psychedelic progressive rock, modern classical, jazz and shaabi music.  Really swinging listening.  From his Bandcamp website: On Elephantine, his new Northern […]

[Music] How Salah Ragab Became an Undisputed Icon in Egyptian Jazz

There was no more important person in the realm of Egyptian jazz than drummer, bandleader and one-time collaborator with the legendary Sun Ra, Salah Ragab. Bandcamp Daily features the artist here.

Welcome to AMOT…

To start the blog, one could do far worse than post a picture of one of my musical heroes, the legendary ‘Satchmo’, Louis Armstrong, giving an impromptu performance in Cairo, Egypt, for a throng of fans in 1961. The photo is from the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and I wish to acknowledge Meridian.org, who originally […]