Sounds of the Ghetto Youth

Sounds of the Ghetto Youth

by The Har-You Percussion Group
     
 

When riots ravaged Harlem in 1964, the negative effects lasted well into the remainder of the decade and beyond. What Roger Sanders -- aka Montego Joe -- did to heal the wounds through music is evidenced on this recording of teenage musicians, supported through the auspices of the Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited Act, the vehicleSee more details below

Overview

When riots ravaged Harlem in 1964, the negative effects lasted well into the remainder of the decade and beyond. What Roger Sanders -- aka Montego Joe -- did to heal the wounds through music is evidenced on this recording of teenage musicians, supported through the auspices of the Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited Act, the vehicle through which Har-You were born. Though not in actuality a straight percussion ensemble, Har-You were a multi-instrument large ensemble heavily based in Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythmic sounds, with a horn section, group vocals, or lead soloist up front. The exciting music made by this organization stemmed from Joe's determination to make good from a bad situation, and he and the group succeeded triumphantly. Though virtually none of these players became prominent professionals, alto saxophonist Nelson Sanamiago stands out as he leads the charge on the "Afro Blue"-styled "Oua-Train," while John Moody's solid bass work drives the band in typical 6/8 time. The montuno style of repeat piano chords is employed frequently, especially on the dance-oriented "Barrett's Bag," which is a great workout for the four horns, and they really step it up during "Tico," a singing, joyous melody reminiscent of Tito Puente. The straight descarga jam of "Santa Cruz" features a clave beat, montuno piano from Nick Kirksey, and the atmospheric lead flute of Ray Allen. Percussion features abound in introductions and midsections, but they are front and center on their theme "Har-You" and with chanting vocals in tribal fashion during "Ngoma." The bandmembers also recognize their time and place with the all-funky "Feed Me Good" in a tribute to cooks and chefs, while the Saturday night fun tune "Welcome to the Party" is a good-time, simple, and direct song combining shouts and a Latin melody that is danceable and infectious. The CD reissue features a lengthy explanation from Joe recorded in 2008, discussing why the band was founded, the circumstances surrounding the recording in 1967, the tenor of the times, and the impact of the band's performances in New York City -- and Joe also indicates that many of the group members are no longer living. A credible effort from Montego Joe and his young charges, Sounds of the Ghetto Youth stands not only as a fine musical effort, but as a testament to perseverance and the value of making something out of virtually nothing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Esp Disk Ltd.
UPC:
0825481010672
catalogNumber:
1067
Rank:
332453

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Har-You Percussion Group   Primary Artist
Montego Joe   Conga
Gordon Jones   Timbales
Nick Kirksey   Piano
Stafford Osborne   Trumpet
David "Mousie" Edmead   Piano
Myles Matthews   Bongos,Timbales
Nelson Sanamiago   Alto
Dennis Taitt   Guitar
John Moody   Bass
Billy King   Conga
Joffre Marchand   Trumpet
Sam "Seguito" Turner   Conga,Timbales
Ray Allen   Flute
Stafford Osborne   Trumpet
Roger Sanders   Bandleader
Nick Kirksey   Piano
Nelson Sanamiago   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Jimenez   Claves
Joffre Marchand   Trumpet
Dennis Taitt   Guitar
David ''Mousie'' Edmead   Piano
Antonio Santa Cruz   Vocals,cowbell
Myles Matthews   Bongos,Timbales
Ray Allen   Flute

Technical Credits

Nick Kirksey   Composer
David "Mousie" Edmead   Composer
Roger Sanders   Composer
Nelson Sanamiago   Composer
Dennis Taitt   Composer
Douglas McGregor   Remastering
Roger Sanders   Composer
Nick Kirksey   Composer
Nelson Sanamiago   Composer
Dennis Taitt   Composer
David ''Mousie'' Edmead   Composer
Antonio Santa Cruz   Composer

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