recorded with the Master Musicians of Gnawa. I was lucky enough to catch them at the Montreal International Jazz Festival (back when it was a jazz festival). It was magical!
So why isn't Randy Weston better known to jazz listeners today? Beats me.
What you have before you today is a Randy Weston recording - High Life - recorded before he moved to Africa and a Randy Weston concert that took place after he'd left Africa. It's a span of almost thirty years. Listen to how his music has changed over the years. Listened to how it has stayed the same. Listen to how it has evolved...
Album (here) - The line-up is: Randy Weston (piano); Ray Copeland (trumpet, flugelhorn); Aaron Bell (tuba); Quentin Jackson (trombone); Julius Watkins (french horn); Booker Ervin (tenor sax); Budd Johnson (soprano Sax, tenor sax); Peck Morrison (bass); Charlie Persip (drums); Frankie Dunlop (percussion); George Young (percussion); Archie Lee (congas).
The playlist is:
1. Caban Bamboo Highlife
2. Niger Mambo
4. In Memory Of
5. Congolese Children
6. Blues to Africa
7. Mystery of Love
Concert (here) The line-up and playlist is on the image above.