7 November 2009
RANDY WESTON - BLUE MOSES
Randy Weston For CTI from 1972.
Arranged By - Don Sebesky;Bass - Bill Wood (2) (tracks: B1) , Ron Carter ;Drums - Bill Cobham ;English Horn, Clarinet, Flute - George Marge ;Flugelhorn - Alan Rubin , John Frosk , Marvin Stamm ;Flute - Hubert Laws ;French Horn - Brooks Tillotson , James Buffington ;Oboe, Clarinet, Flute - Romeo Penque ;Piano - Randy Weston
Saxophone [Tenor] - Grover Washington, Jr ;Synthesizer [Moog] - David Horowitz
Trombone - Garnett Brown , Warren Covington , Wayne Andre ;Trombone - Paul Faulise
Trumpet - Freddie Hubbard ;Vocals - Madasme Meddah
Super heavyweight banger from CTI - trust Randy Weston to dispense with Creed Taylor's saccharine stylings.All Killer blah blah blah....
Another underwhelming review from Mr Yannow:
Randy Weston's most popular record, this Lp (which he had mixed feelings about) features Weston not only on piano but electric keyboards. Backed by Don Sebesky arrangements and assisted by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor-saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., Weston plays quite well on four of his compositions; best-known are "Ganawa (Blue Moses)" and "Marrakesh Blues." The music retains the African feel of most of Weston's latter-day playing but also has some commercial touches that do not hurt the performances. This rewarding date has not yet been reissued on CD. ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Fantastic cover art from Pete Turner - I highly recommend his book here.