8 July 2006


Johnny Richards put together this lp after studying the rituals of the Bantu,the family of tribes which inhabits southern Africa.Intrigued by the rhythmic possibilities he composed the six part Rites of Diablo which has been described as a sort of Black Mass during which the participants vilify,insult and by every means possible degrade the gods of evil.Augmenting his regular orchestra with SEVEN percussionists,including Sabu Martinez ,Potato Valdez and Jose Mangual,brought in to to emulate the sounds of the authentic drums used in the genuine ritual,plus the eight voiced Dave Lambert Singers,Richards took over New Yorks Webster Hall for four sessions in march and april 1958.The flaring excitement of the band ,the superlative solo work of men such as Gene Quill,Seldon Powell and Jimmy Cleveland and the meshing of the huge percussion section gives the music a unique quality.
This is another great example of jazz exotica which had been long deleted until recently when it was reissued as part of the wonderful Mosaic Select series.This rip is from the original vinyl.

Track listing:

Omo Ado 6:05
(Johnny Richards)
Kele Kele 4:18
(Johnny Richards)
La Pecadora 7:41
(Johnny Richards)
Ochun 4:29
(Johnny Richards)
Oluo Anu 6:55
(Johnny Richards)
Ofo 5:07
(Johnny Richards)

Billy Slapin Flute, Saxophone
Frank Socolow Sax (Tenor)
Al Epstein Percussion ,
Ray Rodriguez Percussion
Burt Collins Trumpet
Frank Rehak Trombone
Jose Mangual Tamboura
Sabú Martínez Bongos
Ubaldo Nieto Timbales
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Julius Watkins Flugelhorn
Jay McAllister Tuba
Seldon Powell Sax (Tenor)
Joe Venuto Tympani [Timpani]
Pete Terrace Percussion
Jimmy Campbell Drums
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Sol Gubin Maracas
Gene Quill Sax (Alto)
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Jim Dahl Trombone
Hank Jones Piano
Shelly Gold Sax (Bass)
Chet Amsterdam Bass
Al Stewart Trumpet
John Bello Trumpet
Carlos "Patato" Valdes Conga
Johnny Richards Arranger, Composer



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Just wanna know one thing.... do you have anything by Idris Muhammad?
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Licorice Pizza said...

What a lineup. Thanks for the post! Great stuff.


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blimey whats going on over at soundsational-not happy with nicking your lps and rite up style
hes now got the same blog template as orgy i.r.-i suppose imitation is a good form of flattery!!

Miss F said...

I am typing this as I download the album, I really cannot resist that intensely dark, forebodiNg album title and ofcourse that strange cover with the monkey v0odoo doLL and the woman's faNgs!the dark f0rces have beckoned- h0w can I resist?

thanks. I disc0ver so many musical gems thr0ugh the album title, band names and c0vers~

Vegas VIc said...

I have this record. The sleeve makes no mention of Sabu Martinez being part of the band. I'd love to find out the whole story

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El chango Feli said...


Would you be so kind of uploading this record again, since its not longer in rapidshare.

Many thanks in advance,


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