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Land Of Kush / Big Mango, The
Album:Big Mango, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Land Of Kush Added:10/2013
Label:Constellation Records 

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Add Date:2013-11-07 Pull Date:2014-01-09 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:12 Jan5 Jan29 Dec22 Dec15 Dec8 Dec1 Dec24 Nov
Airplays:22112234

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 09, 2014:Ranch... or Cool Ranch?
The Big Mango
4.Jan 03, 2014:World Tour
St Stefano
2.Jan 09, 2014:Rebop
Second Skin
5.Dec 28, 2013:Music Casserole
Drift Beguine
3.Jan 04, 2014:Around The Bend
Second Skin
6.Dec 19, 2013:Rebop
The Pit (Part 1), Second Skin

Album Review
Lestrygonian
Reviewed 2013-10-30 
EXPERIMENTAL WORLD JAZZ, disparate influences blended into an epic jazz fusion stew. Written as “a love letter to Cairo” by leader Osama Shalabi after living a block away from Tahrir Square during the 2011 Arab Spring, the large ensemble finds intersections between free jazz, Middle Eastern / North African modes, and Brazilian tropicalia in a jazz-rock context. Female vocals from Montreal indie bands make most songs ideal for indie rock DJs as well. Often subtle and restrained, other times raucous and bombastic, the spirited top-notch musicianship makes for a wild ride throughout; there’s something here for everyone.
RIYL Zorn, Nels Cline Singers, Trilok Gurtu, Sao Paulo Underground, Ramzi’s Arabology show

1. (3:25) lots of random atonality, vocal ululations, electronics
2. **(5:43) Instrumental. Soft restrained solo keyboard for the first half, low synth drone accompanies skronky sax solo sounding like Pharaoh Sanders meets Colin Stetson
3. (7:30) Jangly jazz-rock romp with angelic vocals, looping guitar ostinatos and huge horn section
4. (2:16) Calm piano solo for the first half, then horns and vocals bring in a soft reprise of the theme from 3
5. (5:47) Piano and electronics-heavy jazz-rock, instrumental
6. (4:22) Epic and moody piece, starts mellow and builds into an impassioned dark electric ballad
7. ***(5:47) Instrumental, my favorite track. A noisy, fast jazz-rock take on percussive Gnawa style music with warped horn solos, incredible; ends with a long bowed bass solo
8. *(6:41) A rolling groove with dense string harmonies, call it orchestral Sephardic baroque-rock; shifts between Eastern polyrhythms and jazzy swung patterns.
9. (6:48) Straight 90s indie rock guitar riffs with some exotic percussion and blurred Joni Mitchell-esque vocals, builds in intensity until reaching soaring math-rock crescendos, ends with a lilting flute-driven folksy ditty

Track Listing
1.Faint Praise 5.Sharm El Bango
2.Second Skin 6.Mobil Nil
3.The Pit (Part 1) 7.St Stefano
4.The Pit (Part 2) 8.Drift Beguine
 9.The Big Mango