Two albums. A brilliant mix of jazz and world music! Abdul-Malik was the legendary bass player from the fifties who mixed straight jazz playing with traditional Middle Eastern rhythms – and although he most famously recorded albums with Monk as a regular bassist, his albums on his own are amazing blends of jazz and world music, done years before anyone else had contemplated doing so! This album is similar to Abdul-Malik's Jazz Sahara album, in which he plays quite a bit on the Oud – but in this one the ensemble is much more jazz-oriented, and features Lee Morgan
, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, and Johnny Griffin. The Oud holds center stage on most tracks, but then it drops out, and Morgan
and Griffin come wailing in on solos that will rip your socks off! Titles include "Rooh", "La Ibky", "Takseem", "Searchin", and "El Ghada". Fantastic!!!! Very cool stuff! Chick Ganimian plays oud, in a very jazzy setting – all in a mode that's a bit like some of Ahmed Abdul-Malik's work of the time – although a bit shorter and tighter overall! The record's got a way deeper sound than some of the other exotic-sploitation albums of the period – recorded by Atlantic Records, who clearly knew what they were doing – and who seem to go much more for a jazz-meets-world vibe on the record than any sort of cheap bellydance album! Gaimian's oud comes across beautifully – and the album also features jazz legend Peter Ind on bass, plus work from Sudan Baronian on tenor and baritone sax, and Al Schakman on guitar. Titles include "Play Girl Play", "Oriental Jam", "Nine Eight", "Halvah", "Hayastan Moods", "Hedy Lou", and "Daddy Lolo".
(Packaged in anice LP style sleeve.)