Monday, October 30, 2006
From the LP "Moshi" by Barney Willen and friends on the French "Saravah" label. Released in 1972. A curious blend of field recordings and studio tracks, modern jazz and pop songs.
1. Balandji In Bobo
2. Sannu ne Gheniyo
3. El Hadji
Seems that Barney and friends went to live and travel in Africa in the late sixties after hearing some music by a pygmy tribe. He stayed in Algeria and travelled accross the Sahara to Senegal and Mali long befor the notion of "World Music" was ever thought of and recorded this double Lp on his return.
"Wilen's contract for IDA helped create a comeback for a fine musician. In the 1980s he tinkered with jazz-rock and African rhythms (he went to live in Africa in the late 1960s) and his return to a bop-inflected style has something of the full-circle maturity which Stan Getz came to in his later work; Wilen's tenor sound does, indeed, have something of the magisterial sweep which Getz delivered, but the main character of his playing continues to lie in his even trajectory. His solos have a serene assurance which eschews dynamic shifts in favor of a single flowing line. With his tone still exceptionally bright and refined, it grants his playing a rare, persuasive power."
Moshi - Zombizar
Moshi - Gardenia Devil
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