Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Drum Suite ... LP Columbia, 1956/1957. Near Mint- ...
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") that has Blakey and Jo Jones on drums, joined by Sabu Martinez on bongos and Charles Wright on tympani and gong. Ray Bryant snakes some soulful piano through the set and Oscar Pettiford is on bass and cello – and the overall feeling of the side is similar to some of Blakey's work in the format for Blue Note – like the albums Afro-Drum Orgy or Holiday for Percussion. Side two has straight hard bop, played by Blakey's 1957 combo that included Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman – and the group grooves hard on a classic reading of "Nica's Tempo", plus the cuts "D's Dilemma" and "Just For Marty". (Jazz, Global Grooves)LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Impex 180 gram pressing #1137/2500.)
Lijadu Sisters —
Sunshine ... LP Afrodesia (Nigeria), 1978. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet step forward for the Lijadu Sisters – a record that's filled with a lot more keyboards than before, used in a way that creates this great spacey feeling in their sound! There's still some nice groovers here, but there's also some wicked tunes that have this laidback vibe that's mighty great – very different than the usual Afro Funk styles of the time – and almost this trippy kind of approach that feels like Shuggie Otis recording in Lagos – albeit with the unique twin-vocal leads of the Sisters! Biddy Wright handles all the cool keys – and also helped arrange and produce the record too – and titles include "Set Me Free", "Promise", "Reincarnation", "Turbulent Waters", "Sunshine", and "Come & Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue on Knitting Factory. Includes the insert.)