Elephantine (Lp Color)
Label: Sub Rosa
400 copies limited orange vinyl + insert. On Elephantine, his new album released exclusively on Rosa as vinyl LP, Cairo-based Maurice Louca guides a 12-piece ensemble through a 38-minute masterwork that might best be described as panoramic. Elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra's cosmic jazz, gorgeous Arabic melody, trancelike African and Yemeni music and minimalism meet in his wholly unique compositional vision. Louca also makes vital contributions on guitar and piano, and inspires stirring performances from a global lineup.
RIYL: Sun City Girls, 70s Miles Davis, Don Cherry, Alice Coltrane, Tortoise
Cat. number: SRV474