26 September 2006


Percussion and voices are the focus of these six cuts, which act as two three-part suites - one devoted to African tribes, the other to Native Indians of South and North America. Silver is joined by the potent horns of tenor saxophonist Larry Schneider and trumpeter Tom Harrell. Bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster expertly set the rhythmic pace; percussionists M. Babatunde Olatunji, Ladji Camara, and Omar Clay swap places on the suites; and a seven-piece vocal choir sings throughout. "African Ascension" starts with a definitive "The Gods of the Yoruba," which features popping 5/4 percussion that serves as a bed for heavy modal piano chords, dense chanting, Schneider's delightfully animated solo, and a neat unison staccato coda. A 6/8 mix of driving soul-jazz and chanted vocals punctuates "The Sun Gods of the Yoruba," while a similar but darker rhythm and heavier chants bolster the hip unison chart of "The Spirit of the Zulu," which features lengthy solos by Silver and Carter. "The Great American Indian Uprising" begins with "The Idols of the Incas," which is highlighted by staccato horns and ostinato bass. "The Aztec Sun God," with its repeated chant, is counterpointed with horns, heavy tambourine, and a trumpet solo from the ever-potent Harrell, as Silver quotes "Mr. P.C." in his final statement. "The Mohican & the Great Spirit" closes the set with a 9/8 ostinato in a more breezy context, with vocals wafting over the sailing horns. Silver's best work came prior to this recording, but this may be his best work of the '70s. ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
Ripped from origial vinyl @ 256-never re-issued on vinyl or cd

Babatunde Olatunji Percussion
Ron Carter Bass
Peter Oliver Vocals, Voices
Tom Harrell Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Bobby Clay Vocals, Voices
Ladji Camara Percussion
Horace Silver Main Performer, Piano
Rob Barnes Vocals
Fred Gripper Vocals, Voices
Al Foster Drums
Lee C. Thomas Vocals, Voices
Bob Barnes Vocals, Voices
Chapman Roberts Vocals, Voices
Omar Clay Percussion
Fred Hardy Voices, Vocals
Larry Schneider Sax (Tenor)


Sly Hoax said...

Thanks for all the great uploads!

goldfinger said...

thx for this one bacoso !!

anbody has "silver'n wood" available ?
greets gf

Guillermo said...

Hi, It's a great album, I am from Buenos Aires and a friend of mine used to have this album and let me hear it many years ago. Unfortunately I just discover your excelent blog and the files aren't available anymore. Would you be so kind to reshare it?
Thanks a lot in advance and congratulations for your site

quique said...

please, link!!!

Marcus said...

Please repost if you can, thanks

nickw said...

Could you please repost the rip? Thanks.

zn said...

One day do you thing it will be possible te repost this album?