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Options September 15, 2016: Black Land of the Nile: Egypt in Jazz

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes  Sais (Egypt)   Options Cosmic Funk  1974  wr. Mtume  0:00:47 ()
Sun Ra and His Blue Universe Arkestra  Blackman   Options Universe in Blue  1972    0:08:35 ()
MaseQua Myers and Jami Ayinde  Black Land of the Nile   Options Black Fairy  1975  elsewhere credited as "LaMonte Zeno Theater"–this mix taken from Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals  0:16:19 ()
Kelan Phil Cohran and Legacy  White Nile   Options African Skies  1993  rec. at Adler Planetarium in Chicago  0:19:04 ()
Music behind DJ:
The Pyramids 
Queen of the Spirits / Black Man of the Nite   Options       0:29:05 ()
Salah Ragab & the Cairo Jazz Band   Egyptian March   Options Egyptian Jazz  1968-73    0:38:19 ()
Sidney Bechet  Egyptian Fantasy   Options Rumba Jazz: A History of Latin Jazz and Dance Music 1919-1945  1941    0:41:07 ()
Duke Ellington   Pyramid   Options Masterpieces 1926-1949 ("Ko-Ko")  1938    0:44:03 ()
The Sun Ra Arkestra  Tiny Pyramids   Options Angels and Demons at Play  1967  rec. 1960  0:47:00 ()
Michael White  The Tenth Pyramid   Options Spirit Dance  1972    0:50:30 ()
Mtume  Sais   Options Rebirth Cycle  1977    0:53:12 ()
Unknown  Egyptian Moon   Options The Music of Cleopatra on the Nile  1962    1:15:41 ()
Music behind DJ:
  The Music of Cleopatra on the Nile      1:19:15 ()
Salah Ragab & the Cairo Jazz Band   Kleopatra   Options Egyptian Jazz  1968-73    1:28:55 ()
Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra  The Nile   Options When Sun Comes Out  1963    1:32:06 ()
Alice Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders and Joe Henderson  Blue Nile   Options Ptah, The El Daoud  1970    1:36:42 ()
Kelan Phil Cohran and Legacy  Blue Nile   Options African Skies  1993    1:44:47 ()
Eddie Harris  The River Nile   Options For Bird and Bags  1964    1:54:38 ()
Sun Ra Arkestra   Sunset On The Night On The River Nile   Options Mayan Temples  1990  rec. live in MIlan  1:59:36 ()
Music behind DJ:
Sun Ra and His Astro-Galactic-Infinity Arkestra 
Nidhamu   Options Nidhamu (Live in Egypt Vol. II)  1972    2:02:55 ()
Sun Ra and His Astro-Galactic-Infinity Arkestra  Discipline No. 15   Options Nidhamu (Live in Egypt Vol. II)  1972  Recorded at Ballon Theater, Cairo, Egypt December 17, 1971  2:08:46 ()
Alice Coltrane Featuring Pharoah Sanders  Isis and Osiris   Options Journey in Satchidananda  1971    2:11:21 ()
Pharoah Sanders  Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt   Options Tauhid  1967    2:21:40 ()
Salah Ragab & the Cairo Jazz Band   The Kings Valley – Upper Egypt   Options Egyptian Jazz  1968-73    2:37:57 ()
Music behind DJ:
Oum Kalthoum 
        2:43:28 ()
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers  The Egyptian   Options Indestructible  1966    2:49:01 ()
  Wind         2:58:00 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 6:43pm Flash Strap:

Get your barges ready, we're headed for the Nile
  Thu. 9/15/16 6:57pm Ed:

I'm ready Flash! Good evening
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 6:58pm Flash Strap:

Evening, Ed!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 6:58pm ndbob:

evening Evan, Ed, everyone!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 6:59pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:04pm Flash Strap:

echoes on this track are outstanding
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:05pm Flash Strap:

Can this track really have been composed by the same guy who wrote "Juicyfruit"?
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:07pm hyde:

Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:07pm Flash Strap:

Explorer Hyde! Warm welcome!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:09pm ndbob:

Hello Hyde!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:11pm hyde:

this musical theme seems appropriate to me, as this week i discovered that there was an (undoubtedly true) internet conspiracy theory that President Obama is a clone of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten!

(hiya, ndbob!)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:13pm hyde:

in fact, i am now starting to suspect that this radio show may also be involved in this conspiracy
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:13pm Flash Strap:

Well if that don't beat all! There's a conspiracy theory I can see Sun Ra getting down with, albeit from a totally opposite perspective
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 7:14pm Little Danny:

Hi all! So stoked to be listening from the very start this week
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:14pm geezerette:

Evening Evan!
I've packed Deet & mint tea! Just don't make cocktails from them.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:14pm Flash Strap:

Obama would look really really smooth in a Afro-futurist Egyptomaniacal headdress and matching robe. The president i voted for but didn't get
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:15pm geezerette:

Hi Danny!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:15pm Flash Strap:

Danny and Geezerette! Hello and welcome friends, explorers, comrades
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 7:15pm Little Danny:

I am already in love with this show concept
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 7:16pm Little Danny:

Hey Geez!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:16pm hyde:

@Flash if you image search "obama is akhenaten" you'll see just what you're missing!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:17pm hyde:

@geezerette rats. there goes my twist on the manhattan using diethyltoluamide instead of vermouth
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:18pm Flash Strap:

hahaha that is a fun google search
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:20pm Flash Strap:

this here is one of my very favorite recordings, ever, ever
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:21pm hyde:

you say that about all the recordings
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:21pm geezerette:

Sorry hyde.. :)

Tonight we are all brand Nubians!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:21pm hyde:

(which is not to say it isn't amazing! i don't know this Cohran at all)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:22pm Flash Strap:

this recording is special i swear
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:22pm Flash Strap:

i never meant it with all those other recordings
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:23pm Flash Strap:

seriously this was recorded live in 1993 at the chicago planetarium in memoriam for Sun Ra, who had just died, and it is probably my favorite Cohran album
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 7:27pm Little Danny:

Oh yes, African Skies is special. *All* of Cohran's recordings over the decades hold up
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:27pm hyde:

the harp part is fantastic
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:29pm geezerette:

"New" artist to me too and this is beautiful.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:37pm hyde:

from the For Future Reference Dept: cool video of Josèfe Marie Verna, the harpist on that Cohran track doing a solo version of what sounds on a brief listen to me like what she is playing on White Nile, though here it's called "Variations Pastorales sur un Vieu Noël (Thème Improvisations)" www.youtube.com...
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:39pm Flash Strap:

i will check that out Hyde, sounds amazing
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:40pm Flash Strap:

I should have mentioned that Ragab is the drummer, and also that these recordings were done in Heliopolis
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:42pm hyde:

there was always little doubt there would be at least some Salah Raghab tonite! love that guy's records.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:43pm Flash Strap:

he's so damn good it's crazy
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:45pm geezerette:

Whoa, klezmer finish by Bechet!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:46pm Flash Strap:

I know, with a real New Orleans twist! What an exotic cocktail
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:46pm Flash Strap:

this is really one of Ellington's more wonderful, strange earlier recordings
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:48pm geezerette:

Cross pollination is a great thing.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:49pm geezerette:

Imaginations want / need to travel!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:57pm Flash Strap:

This one is pretty different from LL Smith's take... certainly less succinct.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:57pm ndbob:

excellent first hour Evan - bye for now everyone!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 7:58pm Flash Strap:

Bye Bob, thanks for being with us
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:00pm hyde:

if anyone is interested in that Michael White "Spirit Dance" LP, there's a live link in 320 or flac here (alsp has his Pneuma Lp). password is vibes. flabbergasted-vibes.org...
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:01pm geezerette:

bye ndbob!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:01pm Flash Strap:

I've had this around for a little while, not too long really, and to be honest this is the first time I've given it a real listen. So we're in this thing together, explorers.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:01pm hyde:

g'night, ndb!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:02pm Flash Strap:

VERY wise tip from Hyde. Flabbergasted Vibes is 100% gold, btw
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:06pm Flash Strap:

holy moly this is wild
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:07pm geezerette:

Hyde and Evan, thanks for tips!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:08pm Flash Strap:

speaking of tips, here's this one: surfingtheodyssey.blogspot.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:13pm coelacanth:

greetings Evan and Explorers
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:14pm Flash Strap:

Hi C! Great to have you with us
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:15pm Little Danny:

Hey Coel!
And thx for that link, flash
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:15pm hyde:

yay, it's coelacanth!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:16pm geezerette:

Howdy coel!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:16pm Flash Strap:

My pleasure, LD
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:19pm geezerette:

Klezmer Bellydancing Dervishes! Wild party.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:22pm coelacanth:

howdy all! i feel like i just got home!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:24pm Little Danny:

YES! Les Baxter is on that continuum
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:25pm geezerette:

coel, are you all moved in?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:28pm coelacanth:

g...well, i'm all moved out!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:29pm hyde:

going back a bit, but holy crap. the musicians on that Mtume LP! whoa.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:31pm Flash Strap:

I know, what a lineup!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:34pm Flash Strap:

what continuum was that LD? I'm blanking on what I may have said. Musicians with which Ra felt a great affinity?
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:37pm geezerette:

coel, halfway there then! :)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:37pm geezerette:

I love this album!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:39pm Flash Strap:

ME TOO, G! Alice is second to none in my book

this whole set is very Nile themed
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:42pm hyde:

i think that Alice Coltrane really does not get nearly enough credit for the late 60's/early 70's run of Huntington Ashram Monastery /Ptah, the El Daoud/Journey in Satchidananda /Universal Consciousness LP's on Impulse. that is a serious 4 LP stretch of greatness.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:44pm Flash Strap:

Journey in Satchidananda is a top ten LP for me.

And that run of greatness hardly ends there! although it does shift gears a bit
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:44pm Flash Strap:

I totally agree, is my point, Hyde
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:49pm Little Danny:

@flash: oh shit, I think I might have been mistaking your Duke Ellington comparison to Les Baxter rather than Sun Ra.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:50pm hyde:

heh. and i agree the Alice Coltrane greatness doesn't end there! but to me, those particular 4 albums in a run is like a contemporaneous jazz/world music version of the Beggar's Banquet-Let It Bleed-Sticky Fingers-Exile on Main Street Stones run. I just wish she got as much recognition for it.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:52pm Flash Strap:

I wonder if I misspoke! I am a little out of it... Anyway, Ra loved Les, Les loved Duke, and Duke's exoticism was VERY comparable to the aims of Afrocentrism, in that it sought to forge new kinds of black identity... so there's a very tempting subject, triangulating those three
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:53pm coelacanth:

g@8:37 -Thanks for asking. the fact is, i'm all moved in; but i'm suspending unpacking and getting internet service... if the landlord hasn't bought 5 storm windows by october, i'm moving again!
(which is a little worse than any nightmares i'm likely to have)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:54pm Flash Strap:

I stand with you on that Hyde. It really is a stunning run, and she's still (tho improvements have been made of late) mostly discussed in terms relative to her husband or her collaborators
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 8:54pm coelacanth:

that track was sublime
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:56pm Flash Strap:

That sounds like Hassle City, Coelacanth! Hope it settles right for you
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:58pm Flash Strap:

Glad I could work some Eddie Harris into this one
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 8:59pm geezerette:

Evan & Hyde,yes,I love Journey in Satchidananda too. I listened to Alice Coltrane a lot at one point.
The Coltranes were deeply spiritual, it's all in the music. I feel so at peace and energized when I play those records.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:01pm coelacanth:

Thanks Flash. i really like this new apartment, but it's more drafty than a tent. it'll end up costing 3-4 hundred dollars/mo for heat the way it is.
-i'm a damn fool for not realizing this right away.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:02pm northguineahills:

imagined geographies, the Nile in Meso-America....
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:02pm geezerette:

Gorgeous set. :)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:10pm geezerette:

coel, definitely storm windows! Maybe you should get a space heater
for yourself,even a small one. Makes total sense not to unpack.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:12pm Flash Strap:

That sucks, C. I feel your pain

NGH, welcome brother

Thanks, G!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:17pm Flash Strap:

Charlie Haden on bass, so good
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:18pm geezerette:

& Love for Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef...on and on.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:18pm Flash Strap:

Vishnu Wood, of Randy Weston's projects, on Oud, so good
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:19pm Flash Strap:

More Pharoah comin' up, Geezerette! Somehow, no Yusef or Don Cherry tonight
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:19pm coelacanth:

g - i don't relay this to be bellyaching, but because i think it's kind of funny...in my bedroom there was a window open that i assumed had a screen down and a few nights ago when it got cooler i went to put the window down and noticed there is no screen. it's one of the ones that does have a storm, and it was down!
- it leaks that much that i thought it was open!
...but that i don't mind fixing myself. it just needs some putty & maybe glue.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:22pm hyde:

@c oof. good to get on that before winter!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:24pm Hams:

pharoah & i share the same birthday. i got to see him a few years ago at the bluenote. yes.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:24pm geezerette:

coel, what hyde said!
It is funny story though, kind of Buster Keatonish. :D
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:25pm Flash Strap:

Sonny Sharrock on guitar! OOOOOOOOH MY GOOOOOOOD
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:25pm Flash Strap:

Damn Hams. Damn
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:25pm Hams:

sharrock! was just thinking that! holy cow.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:26pm Flash Strap:

also, hello Hams
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:27pm coelacanth:

ha! i could use a Buster Keaton movie about now!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:27pm Hams:

hellos! just tuning in.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:30pm Flash Strap:

Roger Blank, on drums here, is an Arkestra member! SUN RA IS ALL AND EVERYWHERE
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:30pm hyde:

@c there was some good keaton on tcm last week i have One Week on the DVR to watch. (hello to geezerette, silent film fan)
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:33pm Flash Strap:

Post-silent (just), but I watched a Garbo Speaks! picture the other day. Mata Hari. It was ok, not amazing. I expected to like it more
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:34pm Flash Strap:

I almost didn't play this tonight, as I've heard it a million times and sort of thought you all would have too, but I am now remembering just how incredible it is
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:34pm northguineahills:

I was just going through a history of philosophy podcasts, and finally got to the Islamist traditions, where Tauhid in a philosophical context was discussed, and I automatically had the Pharoah album playing in my head (didn't even have to turn on any music!) I love this album!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:34pm hyde:

@Flash hmm, never have seen that one...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:38pm coelacanth:

(taking notes!) -i'm not sure i even know a Buster Keaton movie by name, or have seen one in its entirety...but i know some scenes and the basic vibe, i think.

and yes, Flash, but incredible enough for many listenings!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:38pm hyde:

Tauhid by Pharoah Sanders is great, tho i admit the record of his that i am most wedded to is Karma. that's the one i found when i was in high school.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:39pm Flash Strap:

Karma is amazing as well
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:40pm Flash Strap:

GOD that transition is fiercely regal!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:42pm Flash Strap:

this track is out of control
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:43pm coelacanth:

this PROGRAM is out of control, sir!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:49pm Flash Strap:

this LP has one of my favorite Blue Note covers ever: img.discogs.com...
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:49pm geezerette:

(hiya hyde)
Evan, see Flesh and the Devil, A Woman of Affairs, Queen Christina, and then Ninotchka. Garbo and John Gilbert first three, Melvyn Douglas the last one. Those films are magic.

Fabulous show Evan!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:50pm northguineahills:

If I don't get back to the comments board, thanks Flash, and have a great night everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:50pm coelacanth:

that cover's pretty badass.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:50pm Flash Strap:

Thanks for the tip, G. I'd love to get a better sense for the much-rhapsodized glory of Garbo
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:50pm geezerette:

Love that album cover!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:51pm Flash Strap:

SO badass, but then, so is Art Blakey

You have a great night too NGH
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:52pm Flash Strap:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:52pm coelacanth:

'night ngh
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:54pm hyde:

sayonara, ngh
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:55pm Alex In Illinois:

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE RA! Feel free to make fun of that movie if you want.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:56pm Flash Strap:

Alex, Hello!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:56pm Flash Strap:

I never saw it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:57pm Alex In Illinois:

Who is on piano on this cut?
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:57pm geezerette:

Night NGH & all!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:57pm hyde:

@Flash whoa, you GOTTA see it
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:57pm Alex In Illinois:

The movie that I was referring to was "Star Gate".
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:58pm coelacanth:

Cedar Walton
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:58pm Flash Strap:

I know!
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:59pm Hams:

goodnight, wind.
Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 9:59pm hyde:

thanks Flash!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 9:59pm Alex In Illinois:

That Art Blakey number was a perfect closer.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 10:00pm Little Danny:

Avatar Thu. 9/15/16 10:00pm Flash Strap:

Thanks all! See you in the next room or the next week! Ra bless
Avatar Swag For Life Member Thu. 9/15/16 10:01pm coelacanth:

Thanks Evan! Brilliant program!
good night g; hyde; all who aren't staying up a tad longer.
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