It is arguable that all jazz is rooted in the African tradition; this Blue Note compilation pays homage to the stronger aspects of African-influenced music in American history. Many of these songs are direct explorations of African rhythms and styles, as well as tributes to African culture. Some of the best material from the Blue Note archives is featured here, including songs from McCoy Tyner, Diane Reeves, Art Blakey, and Lee Morgan.
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AllMusic Review by Stacia Proefrock