African High Life [Bonus Tracks]

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It seems strange that Blue Note, a label generally associated with bop, hard bop, and the early avant-garde, would have released an album like Solomon Ilori's African High Life. It doesn't really fit in with Blue Note's back catalog and -- perhaps as a result -- the label didn't tread these waters again for a number of years. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable if not essential album of traditional African highlife music set to dance tempos. Fans of Count Ossie or other Pan-African musics that predate an outright American R&B influence should know what to expect here. In other words, it doesn't sound as modern as Fela Kuti, so it won't supply the kinds of grooves expected on most dancefloors. This is a more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
It seems strange that Blue Note, a label generally associated with bop, hard bop, and the early avant-garde, would have released an album like Solomon Ilori's African High Life. It doesn't really fit in with Blue Note's back catalog and -- perhaps as a result -- the label didn't tread these waters again for a number of years. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable if not essential album of traditional African highlife music set to dance tempos. Fans of Count Ossie or other Pan-African musics that predate an outright American R&B influence should know what to expect here. In other words, it doesn't sound as modern as Fela Kuti, so it won't supply the kinds of grooves expected on most dancefloors. This is a more traditional music and, despite its Blue Note affiliation, it should be appreciated on its own terms. Finally, in 2006, Blue Note has made African High Life
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 094635943726
  • Catalog Number: 59437
  • Sales rank: 91,328

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Solomon Ilori Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Penny Whistle, talking drum
Elvin Jones Drums
Hubert Laws Flute, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jay Berliner Guitar
Montego Joe Conga
Ladji Camara Percussion, Conga, Hand Drums
Bob Cranshaw Bass, Upright Bass
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Bass
Chief Bey Percussion, Conga, Hand Drums
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Robert Crowder Conga, Chekere, cowbell
Garvin Masseaux Conga, Xylophone, cowbell
Sonny Morgan Percussion, Conga, Drums, Hand Drums
Hosea Taylor Flute, Alto Saxophone
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Piano, Musical Direction
Roger Sanders Percussion, Conga, Hand Drums
Robert Crowder Conga, Chekere, cowbell
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Alfred Lion Producer, Audio Production
Ron McMaster Mastering
Oladejo Okediji Liner Notes
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