Wily Bo Walker | Appointment in Samarra

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Appointment in Samarra

by Wily Bo Walker

'Appointment in Samarra' is Wily Bo Walker's nod to the great big band fusion artists of the early seventies from Woody Herman through to Weather Report.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Appointment in Samarra (feat. The Danny Flam Big Band)
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Inspired by the short story 'The Appointment in Samarra' as retold by W. Somerset Maugham in 1933…
The speaker is Death

There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and he said, "Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate.  I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me"
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went.
Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, "Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?"
"That was not a threatening gesture" I said, "it was only a start of surprise.  I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra"

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