African Cookbook

African Cookbook

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by Randy Weston
     
 

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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. In 1972, Atlantic released the performances and they are finally available on CD in 1999. It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because "Willie's Tune" from the… See more details below

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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. In 1972, Atlantic released the performances and they are finally available on CD in 1999. 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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/09/2009
Label:
Hi Horse Records
UPC:
0725543264213
catalogNumber:
1609
Rank:
160013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Weston   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Copeland   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Big Black   Conga,Vocals
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Vishnu Wood   Bass
Harold Murray   Percussion
Harold Murray   Percussion

Technical Credits

Randy Weston   Producer,Liner Notes
Ray Copeland   Arranger
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Ray Hall   Remixing
Gene Paul   Mastering
Donald Elfman   Producer
Bobby Benson   Composer
Tommy Nola   Engineer
Loring Eutemey   Cover Design
Naomi Yodhii   Producer
Mark Fellows   Engineer
Claude A. Ógundipé Fáyomi   Cover Painting

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