Two slices of work from Randy Weston – both of them great! The first half of the CD features a live appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958 – one that has Randy on piano, working in a trio with George Joyner on bass and Gilbert Hoogan on drums. The tracks show the earliest modern ideas in Weston's music
– and are similar to his key late 50s trio recordings for Riverside, but given the live setting, the tunes are a bit longer and more creative! Titles include "Hi Fly", "Bantu Suite", "Beef Blues Stew", and "Machine
Blues". The second half of the CD features even rarer material from Weston's under-issued years of the mid 60s – just 3 long tracks that are all totally great! Randy's playing with a group that's similar in spirit to that used on the classic African
Cookbook – Ray Copeland on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, Bill Wood on bass, Lennie McBrowne on drums, and Big Black on conga. The extended tracks start slow, but really open up – and are almost a blend of some of Weston's African
ist musings, and some of the more poetic modes expressed by Charles Mingus at the end of the 50s. Titles include "Blues For Strayhorn", "Sad Beauty Blues", and "Afro Blues".
(Out of print.)