Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston never ceases to find new heights of excellence, whether exploring West African polyrhythms in jazz or excoriating silence with blasting energy. Khepera blasts open with "Creat... more »
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Pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston never ceases to find new heights of excellence, whether exploring West African polyrhythms in jazz or excoriating silence with blasting energy. Khepera blasts open with "Creation," which ushers in a lengthy, telling meditation on jazz's intercontinental reach, both in terms of source material and influence. Chief Bey's percussion and Pharoah Sanders's saxophone playing bookend the meditation, the former a methodical, though limber, heartbeat and the latter a constant burst of energy. Then Weston turns to duets with pipa virtuoso Min Xiao Fen, showing the free sprawl of shared improvisational languages. --Andrew Bartlett
A powerful experience!
Stephen | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 11/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a "concept album" that works without any knowledge of the concepts. Like the classic "Spirits of our Ancestors" Pharoah Sanders sits in with Weston's band once again, and the results are out of this world. Xiao-Fen's pipa playing is amazing. I have never heard a pipa sound like this. Usually a "mellow" instrument, here she shreds in an untraditional manner.Only reservation -The final track "mystery of love" is a nice straight ahead tune but sounds very out of place after the dizzying heights the rest of this set reaches."
COMPUTERJAZZMAN | Cliffside Park, New Jersey United States | 09/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"RANDY WESTON WAS ONE OF THE FIRST AMERICAN JAZZ MUSICIANS TO EXPLORE "WORLD MUSIC", AND THIS CD IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THAT EXPLORATION. HIS FOCUS HAS MAINLY BEEN ON AFRICAN MUSIC, AND HE IS ONE OF AMERICA'S MOST WELL KNOWN JAZZ MUSICIANS WHO IS A PROPONENT OF IT. THIS CD FEATURES THE GREAT PHAROAH SANDERS ON SAXOPHONE AND SOME EXTREMELY AVANT GARDE MUSIC (A LA JOHN COLTRANE, AND SOME MONK-LIKE PIANO SOUNDS) MIXED IN WITH AFRICAN RHYTHMS AND FLAVORS. IF YOU WANT TO SIT DOWN AND "LISTEN" TO A CD, YOU WILL ENJOY THIS ONE."