[he playwright Ansky used this melody in The Dybbuk, transcribing it as it was sung in his native village Vitebsk.] • (Harmonia Mundi, 2011)
On the first page of Copland's work sheets, he talks about using the tune "mipne ma" as it was sung in Vitebska, where the famous playwright Ansky was born, and which Ansky included as a melody in his play The Dybbuk....W"hy? O why? / Has the soul descended from on high?" And states: "Descent from on high, / demands that man must ever try / to rise upward!"
Iraqi oud player and composer, born in Al-Kut in 1963. Studied at the Baghdad Institute of Music where he received a diploma in musical art in 1987. He has developed his own unique 8-string oud. Currently director of the Beit Al-Oud Al-Arabi at Al-Harawi Cairo, which was founded in 1998. (Wikipedia)
Eddy devised a technique of playing lead on his guitar's bass strings to produce a low, reverberant "twangy" sound. In November 1957, Eddy recorded an instrumental, "Movin' n' Groovin'", co-written by Eddy and Hazlewood. As the Phoenix studio had no echo chamber, Hazlewood bought a 2,000-gallon (7570-litre) water storage tank which he used as an echo chamber to accentuate the "twangy" guitar sound. (Wikipedia)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band was an American funk rock band formed in Roosevelt, Long Island, New York that relocated to France in 1970. Though almost unknown in their native United States, they are now universally celebrated as one of the standout funk bands of the 1970s and admired for their use of break beats. The band also recorded as Ice and as Krispie and Company (or Crispy and Company). (Wikipedia)
It tells the story of Madam Zajj, the personification of African rhythm, and Carribee Joe, who has his roots firmly in the jungle with his drums. Zajj travels out into the world seeking fame and sophistication and melds with the influences of cultures she weaves through the story, which gives a brief history of the rise of Jazz and Bebop.
Originally recorded for the Columbia label in 1956, it was produced for television on the US Steel hour on May 8, 1957. The album was re-released on CD in 2004 with a bonus track. A stage performance was produced by Marc Stager June 24, 1988 at Symphony Space in New York City with pianist and arranger Chris Cherney leading the orchestra and Duke's son Mercer Ellington narrating.