Mardi Soir Sessions Vol VII
Secrets of the Fez

Secrets of the Fez - Los Hermanos Brothers

Tracklist: Mardi Soir Sessions (Vol.7):
“Secrets of the Fez”

1. Dawn on the desert - John Kirby & his orch.
2. Caravan - Barnet Bigard & his Jazzopators
3. Istanbul - The four lads
4. Egyptian phantasy - sydney Bechet
5. Asia Minor - Machito
6. Mambo Buda - Tito Puente
7. Mustapha - Bob Azzam
8. Have Naguila - Lionel Hampton
9. Blues Oriental - Canonball Aderley & Milt Jackson
10. Night in Tunisia - Miles Davis
11. The oud & the pussycat - Herbie Mann
12. Oriental Mood - Saleh Ragab
13. Cairo Bazaar - Les Baxter
14. Nana - Wilson Simonal
16. Où tu vas - Think of one
17. Caravan - The Sunlights
18. Blue Pepper - Duke Ellington
19. Ciudad del Swing - Flowering Inferno
20. Vic Fin - Egyptian Reggae

an overcrowded souk
« Where are we? »
a strong smell of kif
everything turns black

dawn in the desert
the sun rises higher and higher
a departing caravan
on a camel and of we go

Conjuration is a very common mystic practice in the Middle East, most commonly found in Morocco, Oman, Saudi-Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq. Many practice it to settle personal grudges or for healing, personal enhancement, or foretelling the future. There are also those who will sell their services as conjurers to others. Islam strongly forbids the use of conjuration, because it is seen as an unholy procedure, and therefore to perform it is to give an insult to God. It is also considered to, in the end, harm people more than help them: those who regularly contact demons are believed to go mad through overdosing on power, or being possessed (since demons are thought to be short-tempered beings, and given the opportunity might overpower and enslave the one who summoned them).

Born in Cairo on the 24 of October 1925, the Lebanese singer, Wadih George Azzam began his career in Italy in the late 1950s, with his band, singing in Italian and in English. In 1960, Bob Azzam released two songs in France that were influenced by oriental music, "ya Mustafa" (Chérie je t'aime, chérie je t'adore, como la salsa de pomodoro) and "Fais-moi du couscous, chérie". After this era, his success began to decline. However, Azzam continued his career by touring with his orchestra, and opened his own night club in Geneva.

A Night in Tunisia was written by Dizzy Gillespie in 1942, while he was playing with the Earl Hines Band. The song also became closely identified with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, who often gave showstopping performances of it with extra percussion from the entire horn section. On the album A Night at Birdland Vol. 1, Blakey introduces the piece with the story of how he was present when Dizzy composed it "on the bottom of a garbage can." The liner notes say, "The Texas department of sanitation can take a low bow."

Throughout history, Messengers, whose teachings guide and educate us, provide the basis for the advancement of human society. These Messengers have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their religions come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. Bahá’u’lláh, the latest of these Messengers, brought new spiritual and social teachings for our time. His essential message is of unity. The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic relegion founded by Bahà'u'llàh in 19th-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world. 

Juan Tizol started on violin, but soon switched to valve trombone, the instrument he would play for the rest of his life. Throughout his youth, Juan played in his uncle’s band and also gained experience by playing in local operas, ballets and dance bands. In 1920, Juan joined a band that was traveling to the United States to work in Washington D.C. Traveling as stowaways, the group eventually made it to Washington and established residence at the Howard Theater, where they played for touring shows and silent movies. They were also hired to play in small jazz or dance groups. This is where Juan first came in contact with Edward Kennedy Ellington.

A Major in the Egyptian Army through the 1960s, Salah Ragab formed the first jazz big band in Egypt The Cairo Jazz Band in 1968. Some of the best musicians in Egypt of that time were members of the band, such as Zaki Osman (Trumpet), Saied Salama (Tenor Sax) - Khamis El -Kholy (Piano) and Ala Mostafa (Piano). He also recorded with the Sun Ra Arkestra on two separate occasions and later with the German band Embryo (which Mal Waldron and Abdullah Ibrahim performed in at times). He died in July 2008 in Cairo at age 72.

Historical texts, archaeology and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. Intelligent beings have visited Earth in antiquity or prehistory and made contact with humans. This contact influenced the development of human cultures, technologies and religion. A common variant of the idea is that deities from most, if not all, religions are actually extraterrestrials, and their technologies were taken as evidence of their divine status. For thousands of years, the largest structures on Earth were pyramids-first the Red Pyramid in the Dashur Necropolis and then the Great Pyramid of Khufu, both of Egypt, the latter the only of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still remaining. Khufu's Pyramid is built entirely of limestone.

Think of One is the name of a Thelonious Monk composition. "Marakech Emballages Ensemble" is the name of theThink of One's engaging cross-cultural adventure, through which David Bovée & co went to Morocco and met some interesting musicians, invited them to Belgium for a few concerts, and recorded the core band joining forces with Moroccan singers and percussionists. Exuberant call-and-response vocals and diverse North African instrumentation -- including bender, nakkous, sentir, karkabo, oud, and derboukha -- took listeners on polystylistic yet unified journeys across the Atlas. Think of One had seemingly dumped their initial status as a Belgian avant-prog band with tenuous links to a New York City downtown record label in favor of a world music persona and investigations of the sonic spaces and places where Euro-funk and Moroccan gnawa polyrhythms could intersect. In this collaboration with the "gnawa"-singer" Abdel Kebir Esager and the female vocal- and percussion-trio "Bnet Houaryet" three musical horizons seems to clash upon each other : there's the repetetive, African element (in the guitars, or in the percussion), there's the Arab way of melody and frasing, and there's the Zappa-ian rock & rhtyhm.

The largest mechanism used by the bloodlines to implement the New World agenda is the global secret society network. Politicians, bankers, businessmen, and media personalities - the biggest names in history and world affairs form a huge secret society matrix. This hierarchical pyramid-structured network is constantly recruiting and placing members in key influential positions. In order to orchestrate global events and policy decisions from behind the scenes, many niche secret societies groom and position politicians, media personalities, and other “yes-men” so they may best aid the Great Work.