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Spirits of Our Ancestors

Randy WestonAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 10 Songs, 1992 $18.99  
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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant 1 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Healers10:48Album Only
listen  3. African Cookbook17:16Album Only
listen  4. La Elaha-Ella Allah / Morad Allah 6:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Call 6:12$1.29  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. African Village Bedford-Stuyvesant 2 8:30Album Only
listen  2. The Seventh Queen16:28Album Only
listen  3. Blue Moses12:01Album Only
listen  4. African Sunrise19:54Album Only
listen  5. A Prayer For Us All 5:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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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.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 17, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B0000046KP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Overview! November 2, 2000
By Stephen
Format:Audio CD
This 2 Cd Set revisits many of Weston's Classic compositions with some new arrangements by Melba Liston. Along with Weston's excellent "African Rhythms" band and Dizzy Gillespie and the great Pharoah Sanders sit in on a couple of tracks. All cuts are very strong but "African Cookbook" is on fire!
This is probably the definitive Weston. A good place to start if you unfamiliar with this musical "Giant."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price just to hear 'Blue Moses' alone! February 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Randy Weston and Melba Liston collaborate once again, bringing us one of the most interesting jazz albums I've ever heard (and I've heard my share). It has a perfect mixture of free form jazz with subtle touches of African influences (particulary percussion). The highlight of the album is 'Blue Moses'. Hearing Pharoah Sanders solo using the gaita along with 2 bass players playing at a ridiculously fast speed is just amazing. A must own cd!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD from a visionary artist March 31, 2008
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...And you get Dizzy Gillespie and Pharaoh Sanders to boot! Randy Weston is a fantastic pianist and a true original. He started over 5 decades ago with a heavy Monk and Ellington influence. Since the early 60's Weston has traveled extensively throughout Africa and has worked all kinds of African elements seamlessly into his style, along with free jazz, to come up with a totally unique style. These influences are most obviously evident in the percussion instruments, but they are also present in his piano style, though you have to listen for them.

This double CD gives you a cross-section of various styles, and most of it is excellent (I'm not crazy about the Arabic chanting piece). The guest appearances are certainly enjoyable, but at the heart of it is Weston's piano playing. I saw him play a solo performance as an opening act, and he absolutely stole the show.

This and the Mosaic Select box set Mosaic Select: Randy Weston are two great places to start exploring his music.
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