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Album Review

Recorded in 1972, this album is something of a follow-up to Brian Jones Presents: The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka, the album recorded by the Rolling Stones guitarist in 1968 that was released on Rolling Stones Records in 1971. In fact, there is even a track called "Brian Jones." There is such an encrustation of myth and purple prose attending the Master Musicians of Jajouka that daring to review an album of their music seems almost heretical, but here goes. The music is quite varied, from the high-pitched reed instruments (rhaitas) that wail through "Sidi Hamid Sherk" to the stringed instruments (gimbris) found on some of the more soothing tracks and the ululations of the women singing "Teasing Bonjeloud." But while enjoyable, it is difficult to appreciate from a mere recording the claims made by adherents who have made a pilgrimage to the musicians' village and perhaps imbibed some of the local stimulants along with the atmosphere.

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wow....this album is phenomenal. Exquisite playing and impeccable recording. My first foray into this mystical world of Moroccan music but definitely not my last.


Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

Inheriting the group's leadership from his father in 1982, Bachir Attar has guided the Master Musicians of Jajouka through one of their most fulfilling periods. Under Attar's direction, the group, which beat novelist William Burroughs called a "4,000 year old rock & roll band" and called the "ancient founding family of trance," has collaborated with international artists including the Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, Maceo Parker, Sonic Youth, and the London Symphony Orchestra....
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