New Orleans Dream-Orientalism, celebrating Egypt changing the world :
Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers
Egyptian Fantasy (Reid-Bechet)
Swing Music 1944 Series No. 582
His Master’s Voice B.9378
One choice 78 from a box of 60-odd, bought the day after Mubarak’s departure (“you can have the lot for a tenner”).
Hear blue cries translated as scenery for an Egyptian fairytale, fluttering in noble lines, dignified austere wiggles. Again there’s an element of reaching for the exotic, defining a life that isn’t but could be. Can I live here, in this sound, please?
Rendered on a clunky speed-variable Decca 85 – ‘ready for the apocalypse!’
A few more 78s are here.
(Thanks to Alastair for permission to appropriate and recontextualise his comments.)