Sounds of the Ghetto Youth

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Esp Disk Ltd.
  • UPC: 825481010672
  • Catalog Number: 1067
  • Sales rank: 94,021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feed Me Good (3:14)
  2. 2 Barrett's Bag (4:43)
  3. 3 Ngoma (5:59)
  4. 4 Oua-Train (5:26)
  5. 5 Welcome to the Party (4:01)
  6. 6 Santa Cruz (5:52)
  7. 7 Tico (6:06)
  8. 8 Har-You Theme (1:25)
  9. 9 Montego Joe's Har-You Postscript 2008 (13:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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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