The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr :: Nile Waves

The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr’s Jazz, Jazz, Jazz. Originally released in 1980, and reissued in 2018 as the ninth installment of Habibi Funk’s brilliant excavation of Arabic music, the Sudanese jazz band ably dips into psychedelic rock, dance music and funk, employing brass, synths, and traditional rhythms to vibrant effect. Slithering and dangerously funky, “Nile Waves” is a sinister slice of instrumental cool. Chugging drums and woozy saxophone follow lead guitar as the band locks into a humid groove. The steadiness is hypnotizing, the playing unapologetic in its minimalism. The Scorpions might have promised a tripling down of jazz, but this shit drips pure, lean funk. | c depasquale

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