Still Grazing

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Released to coincide with Hugh Masekela's autobiography of the same name, Still Grazing picks up the Masekela story from Verve's summary of the best of the MGM albums, The Lasting Impression of Ooga-Booga, and runs through the Uni and Blue Thumb material. The 1966 tracks are from The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela, where the trumpeter mixes his florid horn calls and vocals with variations of the boogaloo, township jive, soul-jazz, and in Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Felicidade," a slight pinch of bossa nova into a hip, brightly colored cuisine that no one else was attempting at the time. As in the MGM days, Masekela is obliged to cover the hit tunes of the day, although ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Released to coincide with Hugh Masekela's autobiography of the same name, Still Grazing picks up the Masekela story from Verve's summary of the best of the MGM albums, The Lasting Impression of Ooga-Booga, and runs through the Uni and Blue Thumb material. The 1966 tracks are from The Emancipation of Hugh Masekela, where the trumpeter mixes his florid horn calls and vocals with variations of the boogaloo, township jive, soul-jazz, and in Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Felicidade," a slight pinch of bossa nova into a hip, brightly colored cuisine that no one else was attempting at the time. As in the MGM days, Masekela is obliged to cover the hit tunes of the day, although "Up, Up, and Away" has more life and jazz licks than those earlier attempts. 1968's "The Promise of a Future" was the real commercial breakthrough -- thanks to the out-of-the-blue success of the cowbell-beating "Grazing in the Grass," which improbably rose to the number one slot on Top 40 radio in those enlightened times. That triumphant track would be Masekela's last trip to the Top 40, whereupon he promptly used the exposure to shine a harsh light on what was going on in his homeland "Gold" and America in 1968 "Mace and Grenades". The CD then jumps to a percolating, Echoplexed "Languta" from a 1973 session in Lagos, Nigeria, before concluding with a withering account of the South African coal-mining trains "Stimela". The package is given extra credibility by the original producer of these tracks, Stewart Levine, who compiled the album and also wrote a fond set of reminiscences. Many of these premonitions of today's world music scene have been gone for decades, and it's good to have at least some of them back in circulation again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Blue Thumb
  • UPC: 602498622520
  • Catalog Number: 000244202

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hugh Masekela Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Wayne Henderson Trombone
Bill Henderson Piano
Joe Sample Electric Piano
Arthur Adams Guitar
Henry Franklin Bass
Big Black Conga
Alexander Abreu Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Isaak Asante Percussion, Vocals, talking drum
Richard Neesai Botchway Guitar
John Cartwright Bass
Wilton Felder Tenor Saxophone
Nat Leepuma Hammond Flute, Conga, Vocals
Stix Hooper Drums
Bruce Langhorne Guitar
Samuel Nortey Percussion, Vocals, Shekere
Stanley Kwesi Todd Electric Bass, Vocals
Acheampong Welbeck Drums, Bass Drums, Bells, Calabash
Charlie Smalls Piano
Chuck Carter Drums
Bishop James Morton Conga, Vocals
William Henderson Piano
Cecil Barnard Piano
Cecil Bernard Piano
Al Albreu Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Miriam Makeba Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Hugh Masekela Composer
Jimmy Webb Composer
Harry Elston Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Gary Kemp Composer
Stewart Levine Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Caiphus Semenya Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Philemon Hou Composer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
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