Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This Egyptian artist who now lives in France juggles with the musical genres of his eastern birthplace, which his oud takes to fresh heights, breathing into them the inventiveness of jazz and the energy of rock. Along with his band Heejaz Extended, Mohamed Abozekry blends jazz and world music in seamless way, introducing a sense of groove as well as flamenco and even Latin flavors. Ring Road is a fascinating collection in which his love for John Coltrane and Astor Piazzolla lies just under the surface, as well as his desire to nudge tradition towards horizons suffused with sound and the continual murmuring of the world.
Personnel: Mohammed Abozekry (oud); Benoît Baud (saxophone); Ludovic Yapaudjian (piano); Hugo Reydet (double bass); Anne-Laure Bourget (daf, tabla).
Audio Mixer: Nicolas Houssin.
Liner Note Author: Mohammed Abozekry.
Recording information: Studios La Buissonne (10/2014).
Photographer: Sylvain Gripoix.
Translator: Lorna Coing.