Friday, 27 November 2009

Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble "The African Beat"

Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum Ensemble

"The African Beat"
( LP Blue Note Records, 1962 )
Catalog # BLP 4097, BST 84097

A1 - Ife L'Ayo (There Is Happiness In Love)
A2 - Obirin African (Woman Of Africa)
A3 - Love, The Mystery Of
B1 - Ero Ti Nr'ojeje
B2 - Ayiko Ayiko (Welcome, Welcome, My Darling)
B3 - Tobi Ilu

Personnel & Credits:
Bambara Drum, Double Gong, Corboro Drum, Log Drum - Montego Joe
Bass - Ahmed Abdul-Malik
Bata Drum, Conga - Robert Crowder
Chekere, African Maracas, Conga - Garvin Masseaux
Conga - James Ola Folami
Conga, Telegraph Drum, Double Gong - Chief Bey
Drums, Tympani, Gong, Telegraph Drum - Art Blakey
Oboe, Flute, Tenor Sax, Cow Horn, Thumb Piano - Yusef Lateef
Producer - Alfred Lion
Tympani - Curtis Fuller
Vocal, Penny Whistle, Talking Drum - Solomon G. Ilori

A slammin' LP of "jazz meets percussion", hosted by the great Art Blakey, and featuring jazz players like Curtis Fuller, Yusef Lateef, and Ahmed Abdul-Malik -- plus a host of percussionists that include Solomon Ilori, Montego Joe, Chief Bey, and Garvin Masseaux. Blakey skirts nicely between the two camps, and although the record probably has more of an Afro-percussion feel than a jazz one, Lateef and Fuller blow through the mix with some nice nice solos. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African".
From Dusty Groove America

By Celo

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