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African Cookbook [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Comet
  • ASIN: B0000638UH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is a record of two very distinctive halves. "Berkshire Blues" and "Portrait Vivian," are pretty standard model numbers, the latter being the more atmospheric.
The congos come out for "Niger Mambo." We have lift off. This is where Weston goes into overdrive. Snappy, with a devilish trumpet section in the middle; this track has all you could want and more.
The title track is a stonewall classic, steady build up, that percussion that just grates on you, bringing you hypnotically into the track - pure genius.
"Congelese Children," is a slightly quick yet enjoyable ditty.
Worth buying for the title track on its own
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars AN EARLY RECORDING BY A GIANT: INFECTIOUSLY LISTENABLE 19 Dec. 2014
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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RW, comp, p; Booker Ervin, ten sx; Ray Copeland, tpt; Vishnu Bill Wood, b; Big Black, perc, voc; Lenny McBrowne, Sir Harold Murray, perc.

Cookbook is an early album by Weston from 1964. It was retitled some time in the 70s -which is confusing because there's another Weston album out that is also entitled African Cookbook. The basic format is piano-horns quintet -Weston with trumpeter Ray Copeland and tenor sax player Booker Ervin plus bass and drums on the first four cuts, the same group with two African drummers added on cuts 5-7. It's vintage Weston --starts with a jazz waltz, a patented specialty of Weston's (think "Little Niles"), continues with a plaintive ballad that showcases Ervin, and so on. Percussinist Big Black takes a vocal on "Congolese Children" that adds little to the song but doesn't detract from the song, which, like all of the pieces, all by Weston, is good. Weston writes good music, his orchestrations are simple but effective, and he's as good an accompanist as he is a soloist -and he's a fine soloist. Weston has always been one of the more interesting composer-performers to come out of the fifties, part Ellington, part Monk, but all his own man in how he melds the pieces. He's also the real thing when it comes to African musical influences in his music. In short, this is not an essential album, nor is it even without its shortfalls (Black's vocal) but the overall quality of this offering is high and Weston's music is, as always, infectiously listenable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty and timeless! 3 Mar. 2011
By twistyhair - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm embarrassed to admit that I did not realize this album was over 40 years old, but I guess that's a testimony to Randy Weston. I couldn't stop listening to this CD once it arrived. There's so much good music here and it all sounds fresh to my ears. The compositions are unique in the way they draw on a variety of traditions.

Mr. Weston is a generous performer too - allowing the other musicians on this album to shine. This is a good addition to your collection and a great starting place for an introduction to Randy Weston's music.
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT LIVE VERSION! 15 April 2017
By PK - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a super lively, I think LIVE tune on KCSM jazz, and afterward they identified it as African Cookbook. The tune of the same name on this CD is not the same one that I heard; not exciting. I don't think that I will be playing this one much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2015
By Npoet9 - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the great jazz recordings ever.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Oct. 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Very satisfied
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