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African Roots Of Jazz (180 gram pressing)

LP (Item 623732) Aroj/Heritage (Belgium), 1981 — Condition: New Copy
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$28.99 ...

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(€21.63 || £17.36 || ¥2962) (approx.)
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A wonderful bit of spiritual jazz from this richly collective ensemble! The album's got a groove that's as promising as its title – and features a large assemblage of percussionists, singers, and instrumentalists – all coming together in longer tracks penned by Wainwright, with a feel that's like the best Strata East sides from the mid 70s! Wainwright himself plays percussion on the session, and the tunes shift mood from number to number – sometimes coming on full on and soaring with a full vocal chorus – other times stepping out with a mostly-instrumental array of sounds that includes some nice work on vibes by Ricky Kelly! The whole thing's great, and extremely solid and visionary all the way through – with tracks that include "The Healer/Don't Break", "Imani", "Ayoka", "Our Song", and "The Mfecane". (Limited to 300 copies!)  © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.


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