STRUT präsentiert den letzten Release in der Reihe der Reissues von SUN RAs Aufnahmen in Ägypten: "The Sun Ra Arkestra meets Salah Ragab in Egypt plus the Cairo Jazz Band" wurde ursprünglich 1983 auf dem griechische Praxis Label veröffentlicht und kommt nun remastert mit ausführlichen Liner Notes von Hartmut Geerken und Paul Griffiths sowie rarebn Fotos und Gold-Detail auf dem Sleeve.
Salah Ragab first encountered the Arkestra at a concert at the house ofGoethe Institut ex-pat Hartmut Geerken during the Arkestra’s first visit toCairo and Heliopolis in December 1971 and, although Ra and Ragab didnot meet in person on that occasion, they did meet and bond togetherwhen Ra returned to Egypt in 1983, resulting in these recordings. TheArkestra had been touring Europe in March 1983 and made their way toCairo, playing a number of concerts during April at the Il Capo / Il Bucovenue before recording the two superb studio versions of Ragabcompositions, ‘Egypt Strut’ and ‘Dawn’, at El Nahar Studios in Heliopolis inMay, featuring Salah Ragab on congas.
Kostas Yiannoulopoulos, organiser of the Praxis festival in Greece,released the recordings as the A-side of this album, with three tracks bySalah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Orchestra on Side B. ‘Ramadan’ and‘Oriental Mood’ were first heard on the Cairo Jazz Orchestra album EgyptStrut released in 1973 while ‘A Farewell Theme’, received its very firstrelease on this record, written following the death of Gamal Abdel Nasserin 1970; the piece was played at the much-loved President’s funeral.