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In 1968 Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones traveled to Morocco and taped parts of music at the Rites of Pan Festival. It's uncertain whether this should be considered a Brian Jones album, or an album by the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka, or an album by the Master Musicians of Jajouka, as the performers on this recording are most commonly known in the West. The important thing to know is that it's a document of Moroccan traditional music that achieves trance-like effects through its hypnotic, insistent percussion, eerie vocal chanting, and pipes. Originally divided into two untitled, unbroken LP sides (although these are broken down and officially titled on the CD reissue), it should be kept in mind that these are merely edited excerpts of performances which can last for hours, and thus they offer only a taste of the live event. Although the first part in particular builds and builds in relentless energy to whirling climaxes, there are discrete and different performances here, some featuring female chants, others less intense male vocals, and others passages of unaccompanied instruments which sound like flutes (credits and details on the original release are sparse). While this music had been performed in this fashion for a long time before Jones documented it, this was among the first of such recordings to receive reasonably wide exposure (although it was released after Jones' death) in Europe and North America. Thus this recording anticipated the wider popularity of trance-like music among both electronic rock and progressive African musicians later in the 20th century.

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As per Patti Smith

Patti Smith mentions this in her splendid recent book JUST KIDS. And so I checked it out. Mesmerizing.

Master Musicians of Jajouka

I first listened to this album on vinyl I bought from a vintage record store back in 1987. Loved it so much and very glad itunes decided to include it in it's entirety here to be able to download. I highly recommend buying this release as it reveals the mesmerizing trance like sounds of The Masters Musicians of Jajouka like none other. So glad Brian Jones was able to record this in Morocco before he died.

world music: so hot right now

Paul Bowles-Jack Kerouac--William Burroughs--Brian Jones------------------------------2O04+ AVANTE/Indie MUSIC SCENE. thanks for the prequel.


Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Master Musicians of Jajouka were introduced to much of the Western world in 1969 when they released an album produced by the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones a month before his drowning death (Brian Jones Presents: The Master Musicians of Jajouka). The band, comprised of sons of sons of musicians, subsequently recorded several unforgettable albums on their own and have been featured on albums by Ornette Coleman, the Rolling Stones, Randy Weston, Maceo Parker, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant. An album...
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Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan At Jajouka, The Master Musicians of Jajouka
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1971

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