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Zep Tepi


  • Kod: RCD27
  • Producent: Random Chance Records (USA)
  • Wykonawca: Randy Weston And His African Rhythms Trio
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 52,99 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2014-06-18,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
opis:

multikulti.com:
Randy Weston to zdecydowanie niedoceniony artysta. Ten muzyk obok Abdullaha Ibrahima to w końcu najważniejszy pianista wprowadzający do jazzowego języka bogactwo kulturalne Afryki.
Jego płyta "The Spirits Of Our Ancestors", na której można usłyszeć Dizzy'ego Gillespie'ego i Pharoaha Sandersa zaliczna jest to kamieni milowych gatunku.
Krążek Randy Weston And His African Rhythms Trio "Zep Tepi" pewnie nie zmieni tego faktu. Randy Weston nie był nigdy obiektem zainteresowania wysokonakładowych mediów, nie był bohaterem skandali, nie miał też nigdy zacięcia do schlebiania popularnym gustom szerokiej publiczności.
Przez krytyków jazzowych porównywany do Duke'a Ellingtona czy Theloniousa Monka, pozostawał w cieniu bardziej znanych muzyków jazzowych.

Wznowiona teraz płyta "Zep Tepi", oryginalnie wydana przez Random Chance w 2006 roku prezentuje pianistę przeżywającego swoją druga młodość (nagrywając ją Weston miał 80 lat). Jego pianistyka nadal jest bardzo charakterystyczna, pełna wspaniałych, ciemnych akordów i zaraźliwych rytmów. Już od otwierające płytę "Blue Moses" i "African Sunrise" wprowadzają słuchacza w świat magicznych, rytualnych dźwięków północnej Afryki.
Nikt nie potrafi tak jak Randy Weston scalić tamtejszego dziedzictwa kulturalnego i kreatywnego jazzu, jego taniec prawą ręką, sprawiający, że poszczególne melodie rozkwitają niczym rzadki kwiat.

"Zep Tepi" to nie tylko wspólny język improwizacji na najwyższym poziomie, ale przede wszystkim uchwycenie fenomenu „afrykańskiego jazzu”, przesiąkniętego magią styku dwóch kultur, amerykańskiej i północno-afrykańskiej. Maestria wykonawcza muzyków sprawia, że płyta powinna być gratką nie tylko dla fanów Randy'ego Westona.
autor: Piotr Szukała


Editor's Info
Pianist Randy Weston has pioneered the integration of jazz with African and Middle Eastern music. An active and influential musician for decades, Weston will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2006 by releasing this CD, and is also returning to a trio format. He's joined by percussionist Neil Clarke and bassist Alex Blake. All of these highly talented musicians have the space to express their individual voices as well as engage in some inspiring ensemble work. This 10 track CD includes his signature songs "Highfly," "Blue Moses" and "African Sunrise," plus new compositions - the Japanese-influenced "Tomashi" and the solo piece dedicated to Thelonious Monk, "Ballad for T."

allaboutjazz.com
Randy Weston returns to the trio format for the first time in over thirty years with Zep Tepi. Poised to enter his eighth decade on the planet, Weston is an elder in every sense of the term. His distinctively percussive attack, yard-wide chords, criss-crossing rhythms and idiosyncratic melodies remain sui generis. Both literally (he's 6'9") and figuratively, Weston is a giant of the music.
He pays tribute to his friend and mentor Thelonious Monk on "Ballad for T," a reflective but vinegary solo piano performance that nods to "Ruby, My Dear." Ancestral spirits are afoot throughout, from the Gnawa people of North Africa to the Duke Ellington of Money Jungle. Weston's touch encompasses both the diaphanous and the brawny, particularly on the mesmerizing trio interpretation of "The Healers," a piece also recorded in memorable duo with David Murray on the Black Saint title of the same name from 1979. Dedicated to "the very people who started music in the first place," this evocation of the ancients—the ancestors—is compassionate power, music-as-medicine, music as an integral part of life rather than art in a frame. Alex Blake (bass) and Neil Clarke (African percussion) are equals in the trio's potently percussive interchange, the three men summoning up all the intricacy and spiritual intensity of an African drum choir.

Some of Weston's older, best-known compositions—"Berkshire Blues," "Blue Moses" and "High Fly" among them—are included, along with several newer works and the pianist's long-time theme, "Love, The Mystery Of," by Guy Warren. Full of regenerative vigor and transformational essence, Zep Tepi is generosity of spirit conveyed via digital audio. Thank you to the musicians and their ancestors. It's a gift to be learned from and treasured.
By BILL BENNETT

All Music Guide; ocena: * * * * 1
Randy Weston revisits a number of his earlier works with his African Rhythms Trio, though this session is no mere rehashing of old favorites. With bassist Alex Blake and African hand percussionist Neil Clarke, Weston hardly sounds like a man nearing his 80th birthday, as his playing is still very distinctive and full of marvelous dark chords and infectious rhythms. The CD opens with effective extended workouts of "Blue Moses" and "African Sunrise," with the leader ducking out during Blake's potent solo in the former. Weston still uncovers new facets within his decades-old compositions "Berkshire Blues" and "High Fly." His two solo piano features include the mysterious "Route of the Nile," which defies prediction, along with a playful but sincere tribute to Thelonious Monk (an early influence) called "Ballad for T" that incorporates a bit of Monk's music into its framework (including snatches of "Ruby, My Dear"). "Portrait of Frank Edward Weston" is a boisterous African dance saluting the composer's father, who gave him his first piano lessons and lifelong encouragement. The only non-Weston piece of the date is the closer, "Love, the Mystery Of," which adds an African chant by producer Paul West and liner note writer Yaa-Lengi M. Ngemi. Any fan of Randy Weston will want to snap up this CD without hesitation, while it also can serve as an excellent introduction to new jazz fans not yet familiar with his considerable contributions as a pianist, composer, and promoter of African-inspired music.
Review by Ken Dryden

muzycy:
Randy Weston: piano
Alex Blake: double bass
Neil Clarke: African percussion

utwory:
1. Blue Moses (Weston)
2. African Sunrise (Weston)
3. Berkshire Blues (Weston)
4. Route of the Nile (Weston)
5. Ballad for T (Weston)
6. Portrait of Frank Edward Weston (Weston)
7. Hi-Fly (Weston)
8. Tamashii (Weston)
9. The Healers (Weston)
10. Love the Mystery Of (Koffi Ghanaba)

total time - 01:04:08
wydano: 2013-07-08
more info: www.randomchancerecords.com
more info2: www.randyweston.info
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