11/26 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM - $30.00
Randy Weston & Billy Harper Duo: “The Roots of the Blues” – A CD Release Party
Randy Weston – piano
Billy Harper – tenor saxophone
Recording Company: Sunnyside
After contributing six decades of musical direction and genius, Randy Weston remains one of the world’s foremost pianists and composers today, a true innovator and visionary.
Encompassing the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa, his global creations musically continue to inform and inspire. “Weston has the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since Ellington and Monk, as well as the richest most inventive beat,” states jazz critic Stanley Crouch, “but his art is more than projection and time; it’s the result of a studious and inspired intelligence…an intelligence that is creating a fresh synthesis of African elements with jazz technique”.
The Storyteller, Weston’s first recording with the whole African Rhythms ensemble since 2002. Recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the set features drummer Lewis Nash with members of Weston’s regular quintet: trombonist Benny Powell; alto saxophonist TK Blue; bassist Alex Blake; and percussionist Neil Clarke.
Zep Tepi, his first trio album in many years. The 10 songs on this album reflect the arc of his musical journey from: old favorites to new works
Randy Weston Live in St. Lucia. A live registration of the Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet.
Ancient Future is a 2 disc solo piano recording that combines 16 solo piano recordings with 7 solo piano recording from 1984 that was released as Blue on 1750 Arch Records produced by Thomas Buckner. Ancient Future is a meditation on music’s origins. “I thought about Osiris,” Weston recalled, “when he was assigned to teach man about civilization and he used music to do it.” Spare, contemplative, ” Ancient Future ” is evocative of William Grant Still’s “Africa(A Poem for Orchestra in Three Movements – 1928)”.
The 1990’s witnessed a string of recordings on Verve Records that exhibit Randy Weston’s pioneering musical aspiration.
SPIRIT! The power of music 1999, Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet and the master Gnawa musicians of Morocco was released. “What was so wonderful was that we had these three religions, Christianity, Islam and Yoruba, in music and the church was just packed with people. It was so spiritual, all this wonderful music together. So it was quite, quite the evening, one I’ll never forget.”
Khepera saw the release in 1998, in which Randy Weston makes the connection between African and Chinese music,
Earth Birth saw the release in 1997, featuring Randy Weston with The Montreal String Orchestra.
In 1996, Saga saw the release of the critically acclaimed recording.
The Splendid Master Gnawa musicians of Morocco was recorded in 1992, Never in the history of Moroccan culture have their ever been nine hag’houges (guinbres) together with two percussionists. Each master sang his own song; after each one finished another continued. It was a historic moment.
Randy Weston’s musical odyssey is another installment in an already amazing body of work.
In 1991, he told the story of the roots of the blues on Spirits of our Ancestors. The 2CD set was hailed for its concept as well as its musicianship. Robert Palmer wrote in Rolling Stone, “SPIRITS! is the kind of ‘jazz’ record that, like Miles’ KIND OF BLUE, connects with anyone who hears it. Listen up”.