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The Road to Jajouka

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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Howe Records
  • ASIN: B00DJ80VPO
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,529 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BACHIR ATTAR and the MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA hail from an ancient village perched in foothills of the Rif Mountains in Northern Morocco. For generations the Attar family have maintained one of the world s most unique and enduring musical traditions. The music and secrets of Jajouka have been passed down from father to son for as long as 1,300 years. This album is a musical tribute to the Master Musicians of Jajouka, led by Bachir Attar. These recordings feature new performances and remixes created by an array of musicians from jazz, rock and all places beteween, wishing to celebrate and support Jajouka s rich musical and cultural traditions. One hundred percent of the net profits from the sale of this album will go to The Jajouka Foundation. The music of Jajouka is trance music, ecstatic music, a music narcotic. From its source a particular village in the southern Rif mountains of Morocco this magical music has migrated around the world, moving like clouds, like water, like smoke--flowing through the collective consciousness of its appreciators," writes JIM JARMUSCH in the liner notes.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. N. Ullmann on 16 Jan. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I agree with the other reviewers - this album features great melodies and rhythms. Listen to a sample and see
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iraklis Renieris on 27 Dec. 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
What is really frustrating is that the CD has an extra track, making me feel very stupid for having forked out 20 $ for the vinyl version and the company has not even bothered to give a code for legally downloading the extra track. All my friends tell me that I shouldn't bother to buy anything and download the whole recording for free - I tend to think they were right... also, the artwork is repeating itself in the inside paper sleeve which could be used to store some beautiful fotoz and/or some more info for the uninitiated. All in all, a rather disappointing buy and a release that does not do justice to the beautiful and original music of Joujouka.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Billy Martin takes the music of Jojouka to another level 29 Jan. 2014
By The Delite Rancher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The music of the Moroccan village of Jajouka has captivated the West since the release of "Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka" in 1971. Instead of trying to duplicate such efforts, "The Road to Jajouka" takes this music to another level. For this project, Medeski Martin and Wood (MMW) drummer Billy Martin produced an album that remixes the music of band leader Bachir Attar. While the traditional core of the music is kept intact, the result is post-modern. The album opens with 'Hand of Fatima,' which features a MMW reunion, along with Marc Ribot on banjo and various guitars. The song plays Jajoukan music with MMW's signature groove. Bachir Attar provides spoken word. The second selection is 'Baraka' which features world music guru Mickey Hart and former MMW collaborator, DJ Logic. This offering creates an electronic soundscape with synthetic keyboards, electric drums and a catchy flute sample. 'Djabala Hills' features Falu's beautiful female vocals. The musical emphasis however is on the aerophones. A rhaita (loud nasal sounding wind instrument) loop plays in the background as John Zorn plays an avant-garde saxophone solo. 'Boujeloudia Magick' stars off spacey but eventually builds to a rhythmic climax. 'Into the Rif' features a gritty guitar riff played by Marc Ribot and a discordant orchestral soundscape created by Sirius Quartet. At times, the song seems to reference Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir.' 'Ghaita Blues' is a laid back technotronic delight with lots of rhaita. 'Jnuin' features a musician with a long-standing interest in Jajouka, Ornette Coleman. He plays alto sax over North African textures. Most of this material is instrumental but 'Sufi Hadra' features the return of Indian vocalist Falu. For this selection, Bill Laswell did an excellent job of crafting a digital composition that is enhanced by Aiyb Dieng's killer talking drum work. It's one of the album's highlights. 'Al'Aita' features a cacophonous London Philharmonic Orchestra. All of the tracks follow a similar formula in that the guest musicians give a live performance on top of a layer of sampled Master Musicians of Jajouka music. It's a successful method but enjoyment of the album is likely to vary. First, the avant-garde moments may turn-off listeners looking for a more melodic experience. Second, each listener is likely to find different winners and castaways given the eclectic guests. Third, Jajoukan music naturally has a trance aesthetic which Billy Martin rightfully capitalizes upon. While this is a significant part of the charm, the other side of this coin is that trance doesn't tend to hold the listener's attention for long periods of time. Indeed, this is music that works best in that strange place between active listening and the background. In the end, we have Billy Martin and friends to thank for this benefit. Through their efforts, we find that the Road to Jajouka is indeed worth travelling.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
unsatisfactory 17 Dec. 2013
By Iraklis Renieris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
first of all, it is essential to know that this is just one troupe that has some members from the Joujouka village. The long-running feud between the villagers on the grounds of musical rights is not easy to analyze, especially in terms of this limited word-count comment. Most of the remixes are uninspired but this is a matter of personal taste. What is really frustrating is that the CD has an extra track, making me feel very stupid for having forked out 20 $ for the vinyl version and the company has not even bothered to give a code for legally downloading the extra track. All my friends tell me that I shouldn't bother to buy anything and download the whole recording for free - I tend to think they were right... also, the artwork is repeating itself in the inside paper sleeve which could be used to store some beautiful fotoz and/or some more info for the uninitiated. All in all, a rather disappointing buy and a release that does not do justice to the beautiful and original music of Joujouka.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Recording! 14 Sept. 2013
By Douglas M Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Capturing Bachir Attar leading this amazing group of musicians this also release blends in some of the greatest minds in modern music. Billy Martin has done a great job at producing this.

My favorite track is Ghaita Blues - With Martin on drums and Dave Dreiwitz on bass. A spacey dub made for the the music of Jajouka!
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
please. 30 Dec. 2013
By Silent Watcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This grows on me each time I listen to it. Yes - there are competing groups. But Bachir Attar is also the son of the acknowledged past leader of the group and he has arguably done more to propagate their legacy than anyone else. And he still lives in Jajouka. I agree with the previous reviewer regarding the download particularly since there is one track difference on the vinyl. But, if you did any research prior to buying the vinyl, that would have been obvious. To gripe about lack of artwork on a release that is intended as a benefit is silly. Be happy it's got any artwork. To facilitate more funds going to the MMoJ, I would have been fine with a DJ sleeve. Back to the release. I found most of the tracks rather nice, with only a few sounding slightly disjointed (I felt that you could feel that it was put together and not performed live). But all in all, quite a nice effort by Mr. Martin.
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