31 March 2010

WALI AND THE AFRO CARAVAN - HOME LOST AND FOUND















Wali and The Afro Caravan for Solid State from 1970.
Congas, Bongos, Vocals - Wali King / Congas - Robert Moore / Flute - Ray Lewis / Recorder [Tenor, Alto]- Jim Murray ,Vocals / Bass- Ronald Nance

All Killer No Filler Afro Jazz Percussion bomb via Texas from Wali King and the Afro Caravan.
Here's an excellent piece on this wonderful lp from Sonobeat Records:

In the mid '60s, the Afro-Caravan, formed and lead by 22-year-old Wali King, brought a new kind of percussion-based jazz to Central Texas. As comfortable and accepted at Austin's downtown hippy haven, the Vulcan Gas Company, as at the predominantly Black Austin east-side nightclub, The Afro, the hip ethnic jazz group garnered a following that crossed age and racial lines. Sonobeat's relationship with the Afro-Caravan began in August 1968, after Sonobeat Records owners Bill Josey Sr. and Rim Kelley (Bill Jr.) heard the group perform at the Vulcan.
The Austin-based Afro-Caravan were Wali King (congas and bongos), Robert Moore (percussion), J. Murray (tenor and alto recorders), Ronald Nance (bass violin), and Ray Lewis (flute). The group eventually took the name Wali and the Afro-Caravan. The combination of instrumentation, rhythm, and melodies were, as producers Bill Josey Sr. and Rim Kelley wrote in their liner notes for the Afro-Caravan's 1969 album, "rhythmic -- romantic -- thrilling -- appealing -- satisfying."
Work on the first album, Home Lost and Found (The Natural Sound), began in fall '68 at Sonobeat's Western Hills Drive studio in northwest Austin. Sonobeat released a limited non-commercial vinyl advance pressing of the album early in 1969. The "white jacket" release was intended primarily to attract a sale of the masters to a national label, which finally came in fall '69, almost a year after the album had been recorded. Liberty/UA Records -- which had purchased Johnny Winter's The Progressive Blues Experiment album from Sonobeat in '68 -- bought the Afro-Caravan album master. Sonobeat retained rights to the single, since neither of the songs on the single appeared on the album. Early in '70, Liberty/UA released Home Lost and Found on its Solid State jazz label. The album featured a highly stylized double-fold jacket with photography by L'Azul and Renate Taylor. Interestingly, the Solid State album cover shows the silhouettes of 6 performers, but the Afro-Caravan was a quintet.
Home Lost and Found was recorded on Sonobeat's Scully 280 4-track recorder in the spacious den at the Josey family home. The sessions -- which spanned several evenings -- yielded seven tracks, ranging in length from 4 minutes to over 11 minutes, the longer songs giving the Afro-Caravan plenty of room to stretch musically. Five songs were Afro-Caravan originals. The album received -- and, although out of print, even today receives -- excellent reviews, and Wali's arrangement of the traditional Hail to the King is considered an Afro-jazz classic. The album remains vital and musically relevant in the 21st century, validating the adage "everything old is new again."

33 comments:

Bacoso said...

original vinyl rip @320 :
http://www.mediafire.com/?5c2oyezgwoh

Simon666 said...

oh yeah, yes please .. thanks bacoso!

geoff29 said...

Great stuff!

baf said...

dank je

bowerbird said...

psyched..

Wallofsound said...

Thanks for sharing.

freebones said...

this looks pretty neat. i'm looking forward to hearing it. thanks!

-fb

shoshidge said...

looks great, thanks!

DJ Payce said...

Thank you, Bacoso!

winton tostello said...

a very generous move, for another time.
Much respect man.

xa4 said...

Thank you very much !!!

Bless,
Xavier

Brother_jing said...

fantastic!
thanks Bacoso

the jazzstronaut said...

Cheers for sharing this, can't wait to listen.
Many thanks, Bacoso.

verge said...

Another awesome drop. Thanks again and again and again Bacoso.

John Siddique said...

thanks Bacoso - yr a star

Robert said...

thank you for this gem B!

Clap Yo Handz said...

Looking for this one for long...
Thanx Bacoso,

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Hanoi Sessions said...

Thanks for sharing and much appreciated!

Hanoi Sessions said...

thanks and much appreciated for your generous sharing!

Bergheim said...

great stuff!

Bergheim said...

great stuff!

Desdemona said...

thanks!

Hanoi Sessions said...

Fantastic stuff, really appreciate this one, will no doubt get extended play in HN! :)

FlimFlam said...

beautiful thanks

chazz said...

This has been posted a number of times but every time I see it I check to see if I have the highest rip and then let it rip!What a classic!
Chazz

fuzzy.furioso said...

Bravo Bacoso, Bravo ¡¡¡

Nick Maughan said...

Fantastic album ! Many thanks !

The Jazz Messenger said...

Excellent Album Bacoso!

The Moog said...

Super thanks Bacoso

Clint's archive said...

Cool, many thanks

Joshkinho said...

Interesting interpretation of African and Afro-Cuban rhythms by an Afro-American. Somewhat simplified, but it is fascinating to listen...

Many thanks for the upload

tek said...

Sonobeat rules. I'm trying to flesh out my ears on the early austin sound. do you have any other sonobeat lps or 45's- particularly interested in bill wilson.

thx

tek said...

Hey brother, nice post. trying to lay my ears on some other sonobeat records. particularly bill wilson or New Atlantis Hard Rock Band.

thnx