African Cookbook

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 725543264213
  • Catalog Number: 1609
  • Sales rank: 157,964

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
Sir 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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