Xanadu in Africa/Night Flight to Dakar

Al Cohn / Billy Mitchell / Xanadu All Stars

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Xanadu in Africa/Night Flight to Dakar Review

by Matt Collar

This compilation brings together two of saxophonist Al Cohn's live albums featuring his Xanadu ensemble. Both recorded while touring Africa in 1980, here we get Xanadu in Africa and Night Flight to Dakar. Joining Cohn are his associates in Xanadu, tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell, pianist Dolo Coker, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Frank Butler. Featured are such songs as "Blues Up and Down," "Sweet Senegalese Brown," "The King," "All or Nothing at All," "Robbins Nest," "Blues in the Closet," and more. This is aggressive, straight-ahead hard bop played to an enthusiastic audience.

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