Abdul Wadud, a cellist who pioneered the use of his instrument as a vehicle for jazz improvisation, died August 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was … Read More “Pioneering Cellist Abdul Wadud Dies at 75”
Randy Weston: Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1961)
Uhuru Afrika was a monumental release: a 24-piece big band playing Melba Liston’s arrangements of Weston’s music, with poetry and lyrics by Langston Hughes, in a four-movement suite that fused jazz with African rhythms and song structures. Its music is so powerful that it was banned in South Africa. It also became the launchpad for the rest of Weston’s career, which saw him dubbed “America’s African Musical Ambassador.” MICHAEL J. WEST
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