Sunday, October 25, 2015
First, I have to admit that although I have collected and owned most of the CTI catalog and attended several CTI jazz events as well, I had not heard of this offering nor was I familiar with Randy Weston. This LP was a very pleasant surprise. Recorded in 1972, the music is still very relevant and blends American jazz with exotic beats from North Africa. Weston has a nice touch on piano and the horn section of Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, and Grover Washington is, as expected, superb. The percussionists will tax your playback equipment, this music was very well recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio with a wide, expansive sound stage and black background. Another winner from Creed Taylor and Don Sebesky.