Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic
Randy Weston - African Cookbook - AudioSoundMusic

Randy Weston - African Cookbook

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Randy Weston – piano

Randy Weston – celesta (B2)

Ray Copeland - trumpet

Booker Ervin - tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Booker Ervin]

Vishnu Wood - bass

Lenny McBrowne - drums

Big Black – congas

Big Black – vocals (B2)

Sir Harold Murray -  percussion

Arranged by Ray Copeland

Written by Randy Weston

 

1LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : Black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : unspecified

Label : Pure Pleasure

Original Label : Atlantic

Recorded October 1964 at Nola Penthouse Studios, New York City

Recorded and engineered by Tommy Nola

Remixed by Ray Hall

Produced by Michael Cuscuna

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Originally released in 1972

Reissued in 2016

 

Tracks:

Side A:

  1. Berkshire Blues
  2. Portrait of Vivian
  3. Willie's Tune
  4. Niger Mambo

Side B:

  1. African Cookbook
  2. Congolese Children
  3. Blues for Five Reasons

 

Reviews:

"The first three songs are so catchy and any one could have been a `hit' by jazz standards. Three Afro-Caribbean slow burners follow, with one complete side. This is an excellent session and should lead those relatively new to Western to seek out more of his catalogue." - Dennis Davis, Hi-Fi+

“When African Cookbook was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company. In 1972, Atlantic released the performances. It is surprising that no company in the mid-'60s signed Weston, because "Willie's Tune," from this set, had the potential to catch on, and "Berkshire Blues" is somewhat well-known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing. Trumpeter Ray Copeland was responsible for the arrangements while Weston contributed all but one of the songs. Copeland and the great tenor Booker Ervin have their share of solo space, bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Lenny McBrowne are fine in support, and on three numbers the percussion of Big Black and Sir Harold Murray are added; Big Black also sings on "Congolese Children." An excellent outing.” Review by Scott Yanow

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.36 / 5 ; Hi-Fi+ : Recording 90/100 and Music 90/100

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