Mosaic Select: Randy Weston

Mosaic Select: Randy Weston

by Randy Weston
     
 

The three CDs that make up the Randy Weston Mosaic Select package comprise the complete sessions from six different albums, one of which was previously unreleased. Weston has had a long and varied career, and one that has established him in the consummate realm of piano soloists with his idiosyncratic, inclusive style. His deep jazz roots were accompanied,See more details below

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The three CDs that make up the Randy Weston Mosaic Select package comprise the complete sessions from six different albums, one of which was previously unreleased. Weston has had a long and varied career, and one that has established him in the consummate realm of piano soloists with his idiosyncratic, inclusive style. His deep jazz roots were accompanied, almost from the beginning, by the influences of Afro-Caribbean folk and the music of Asia, which he encountered during his tenure with the U.S. armed forces. As represented by this set, the only consistent thing in Weston's output from the years 1957-1963 is the high quality. Piano à la Mode was released on Jubilee with a trio that included Connie Kay and Peck Morrison; two big band albums, Uhuru Afrika and Highlife, were issued in 1960 and 1963, respectively; and there were three recordings in between: an unreleased date for Roulette, Little Niles, and Live at the Five Spot, the latter two for United Artists. Their personnel, producers, and material varied so widely that, if it weren't for Weston's telltale style in the middle register, we'd never know that the albums had the same bandleader. Little Niles, and Five Spot reflect the Weston we've come to know since 1989, creating a new pan-African classical music, structured outside of the Western cultural paradigm. How they came into being after the Five Spot date (the first of his recordings arranged by Melba Liston) -- which featured a band with Kenny Dorham, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, and Wilbur Little -- is a mystery. The late hard bop and bluesy swing from that date is nowhere in evidence on Uhuru or Highlife. But this set offers clues in the form of compositional development and the gradient incorporation of new ideas, rhythmic concepts, and contrapuntal strategies. As a bandleader, the gradual expansion from a trio to quintet to big band is also fascinating because Weston sounds more at home with each phase of his band. But at the time Highlife was issued, according to the music here, Weston sounded as if he had liked a big band playing trans-African music his entire life. These three CDs are nothing less than monumental in the revelation of Weston's musical thought and application. His interaction with small rhythm sections and various groups of soloists reveal his consummate status as one of the most generous bandleaders in history. This highly recommended package is indispensable not only because it fills the cracks in Weston's legacy, but for the merits of the music in it, as well.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Mosaic Select
UPC:
0724358241327
catalogNumber:
4

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Earth Birth
  2. Little Susan
  3. Nice Ice
  4. Little Niles
  5. Pam's Waltz
  6. Babe's Blues
  7. Let's Climb a Hill
  8. Hi-Fly
  9. Beef Blues Stew
  10. The Star-Crossed Lovers
  11. Spot Five Blues
  12. Lisa Lovely
  13. Where

Disc 2

  1. Earth Birth
  2. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  3. Saucer Eyes
  4. I Got Rhythm
  5. Gingerbread
  6. Coctails for Two
  7. Honeysuckle Rose
  8. Fe-Double-U Blues
  9. Portrait of Patsy J
  10. Uncle Nemo
  11. Cry Me Not
  12. Honk Honk
  13. Saucer Eyes
  14. 204
  15. C.B. Blues

Disc 3

  1. Introduction: Uhuru Kwanza
  2. First Movement: Uhuru Kwanza
  3. Second Movement: African Lady
  4. Third Movement: Bantu
  5. Fourth Movement: Kucheza Blues
  6. Caban Bamboo Highlife
  7. Niger Mambo
  8. Zulu
  9. In Memory Of
  10. Congolese Children
  11. Blues to Africa
  12. Mystery of Love

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Weston   Primary Artist,Piano
Benny Bailey   Trumpet
Ron Carter   Bass
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Booker Ervin   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Gryce   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Budd Johnson   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Melba Liston   Trombone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Jerome Richardson   Piccolo,Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Spann   Flute,Guitar
Julius Watkins   French Horn
Aaron Bell   Tuba
Armando Peraza   Bongos,Conga
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Brock Peters   Vocals
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Connie Kay   Drums
Clifford Jarvis   Drums
Ray Copeland   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jamil Nasser   Bass
George Duvivier   Bass
Yusef Lateef   Flute,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Candido Camero   Conga
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frankie Dunlop   Percussion,Drums
Martha Flowers   Vocals
Roy Haynes   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Wilbert G.T. Hogan   Drums
George Joyner   Bass
Wilbur Little   Bass
Peck Morrison   Bass
Babatunde Olatunji   African Percussion
Charlie Persip   Drums,Timpani
Tuntemeke Sanga   Narrator
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Archie Lee   Percussion,Conga
Richard Gene Williams   Trumpet
George Young   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Langston Hughes   Composer,Liner Notes
Melba Liston   Arranger
Fats Waller   Composer
Randy Weston   Composer
Guy Warren   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Malcolm Addey   Mastering
Michael Cuscuna   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Orchestra   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Jack Lewis   Producer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Azzedin Weston   Contributor
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Bobby Benson   Composer
Lee Kraft   Producer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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