Self Portraits

Randy Weston

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Self Portraits Review

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This album was the culmination of three days of recording in Paris during the summer of 1989 (hence its subtitle of "The Last Day"). The previous days resulted in the albums PORTRAITS OF MONK and PORTRAITS OF DUKE ELLINGTON, two key figures in Weston's music. All the sessions were realized with an expanded rhythm section of bass player Jamil Nasser (who played with Weston as far back as 1957), drummer Idris Muhammad, and percussionist Eric Asante.

These half-dozen original compositions richly articulate Weston's unique musical voice, one that mixes a thorough grounding in American jazz traditions with an abiding love and study of African heritage (he's lived on the continent at extended times during his career). Throughout the entire set, the quartet's interplay is passionate and inventive.

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