African Nite

Randy Weston

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African Nite Review

by Scott Yanow

During 1974-76, Randy Weston recorded five solo piano albums. It was a natural move for him since, being quite percussive, he really did not need a drummer or even a bassist. This obscure Lp (originally out on Owl and now long out-of-print) finds Weston performing eight of his originals (including "Little Niles") along with Dizzy Gillespie's "Con Alma." Many of the other songs were written during Weston's long stay in Morocco where his music became even more African-oriented than previously. The playing is consistently exciting, but unfortunately this album is now quite rare.

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