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Randy Weston - Uhuru Afrika
Randy Weston
Uhuru Afrika
LP | 1960 | EU | Reissue (Cornbread)
13,99 €*
Release:1960 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika is one of the earliest examples of the blending of African rhythms and progressive socially conscious jazz, and is a truly landmark album for 1960. Featuring a 24 piece big band and lyrical content from none other than Langston Hughes, Uhuru Afrika belongs on the shelf next to Max Roach’s We Insist! Freedom Now Suite and Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um. Banned from apartheid South Africa, this is Randy Weston’s magnum opus, reissued on 180 gram LP with download card.
Randy Weston - African Cookbook
Randy Weston
African Cookbook
LP | 1964 | UK | Reissue (Pure Pleasure)
27,99 €*
Release:1964 / UK – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company & then in 1972 Atlantic released the performances. It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because "Willie's Tune" from the set had the potential to catch on, "Berkshire Blues" is somewhat known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing. Trumpeter Ray Copeland was responsible for the arrangements while Weston contributed all but one of the songs. Copeland and the great tenor Booker Ervin have their share of solo space, bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Lenny McBrowne are fine in support, and on three numbers the percussion of Big Black and Sir Harold Murray are added; Big Black also sings on "Congolese Children". An excellent outing, infectionously listenable!!
Randy Weston - Blue Moses
Randy Weston
Blue Moses
LP | 1972 | US | Reissue (Speakers Corner)
28,99 €*
Release:1972 / US – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
Randy Weston – now an elderly gentleman and one of the few living witnesses and co-creators from the heyday of hard bop – still leaves his home in Brooklyn to tour through Africa, Europe and Asia. A truly multicultural man. His percussive style has been influenced in particular by the ethnic music of Morocco; his amazing sense for the sounds produced by North-African melodic and rhythmic instruments has enriched his music over many years.After seven years without making any recordings, "Blue Moses" was recorded in 1972 in Rudy Van Gelder’s studio. Lengthy trips through North Africa and as far as the Niger, plus the ignorance of American record companies, were the reasons for the long pause. Finally the CTI producer Creed Taylor took an interest in Randy Weston and financed a large ensemble with Don Sebesky as arranger.The four themes provide a great basis for improvisations by the soloists, whereby the Randy Weston’s piano takes the lion’s share. The flute is also very prominent – and no wonder: it is played by Hubert Laws. It is quite possible that many jazz fans will have missed the name Randy Weston when flipping through the letter 'W' in record shops in the 70s. Now they have the opportunity to correct this mistake with this re-release.
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