African High Life [Bonus Tracks]

African High Life [Bonus Tracks]

by Solomon IloriSolomon Ilori

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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 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

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094635943726
catalogNumber: 59437
Rank: 50370

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
Oladejo Okediji   Liner Notes

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