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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Afro-centric life, December 1, 2010
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J. B. Withers "WPFW-FM jazz programmer" (Silver Spring, MD (inner suburb of D.C.)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music) (Hardcover)
The book reads like Randy Weston is conversing with you, and conveys the basis for his deeply Afro-centric world view. The book will lead me to explore some references he made, e.g. Wayne Chandler and his writings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Autobiography of Randy Weston, February 6, 2013
This review is from: African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston (Refiguring American Music) (Hardcover)
True jazz buffs will welcome this well-detailed, informative memoir, by one of the most innovative musicians in America, Randy Weston, for it pays earnest tribute to the African origins, traditions, and their primary influence on the sounds that rose from Congo Square long ago. It is the finest jazz autobiography since that of the big band maestro Duke Ellington's glorious remembrances, Music Is My Mistress. "Arranged" by jazz writer-producer Willard Jenkins from a collection of interviews and observations over a four year period, it spans over 60 years of Weston's personal and creative life.

Every page in this remarkable book has Weston's significant memories of the people and places he met. His story is replete with such names as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Melba Liston, Leonard Bernstein, Ava Gardner, Yusef Lateef, Nina Simone, and so many others. There is not any gossip or dirt about these people, because everything is about the purity and integrity of the music that Weston loves so much.

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