Posted: Thursday, 13 March 2008 by jazzlover in Etykiety: ,

Grammy Nomination Best Jazz performance by a Big Band 1974
Originally on the Polydor label, this lesser-known classic (reissued on CD) teams together pianist/composer Randy Weston and arranger Melba Liston (his musical soulmate) on seven of Weston's originals. The fairly large band is filled with distinctive soloists including trumpeter Jon Faddis (19 at the time), trombonist Al Grey, Billy Harper on tenor, altoist Norris Turney (heard on three versions of "Sweet Meat," two of which were previously unreleased) and several percussionists among others. The weak points are Weston's use of the Fender Rhodes on a few songs (it waters down his personality) and Candido's chanting during an otherwise exciting version of "Hi-Fly," but those are easily compensated for by the infectious calypso "Jamaican East" and Liston's inventive reworking of "Little Niles." Recommended.
:::By Scott Yanow:::

 Randy Weston – Tanjah (1973)

1. Hi-Fly (Weston)
2. In Memory Of (Weston)
3. Sweet Meat (Weston)
4. Jamaica East (Weston)
5. Sweet Meat (Weston)
6. Tanjah (Weston)
7. The Last Day (Weston)
8. Sweat Meat (Weston)
9. Little Niles (Weston)

Randy Weston, piano
Ernie Royal trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Copeland trumpet, flugelhorn
Jon Faddis trumpet, flugelhorn
Al Grey trombone
Jack Jeffers baritone trombone
Julius Watkins french-horn
Norris Turney alt sax, picolo
Budd Johnson tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet
Billy Harper tenor sax, flute
Danny Bank baritone sax, baritone clarinet, flute
Ron Carter bass
Rudy Collins drums
Azzedin Weston percussion
Candido Camero percussion, narrator
Omar Clay mur, lymp
Taiwo Yusve Divall alt sax, ashiko drums
Earl Williams percussion
Ahmed-Abdul Malik oud, narrator (on 7)
Delores Ivory Davis vocal (on 8)
Melba Liston arranger, director

Recorded 21 & 22 May 1973
New York USA
CD 1995 Verve 527778-2
CD 1995 Verve 10942
LP 1973 Polydor 5055 (1 & 6)

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