Recommend Me Some Good Afro Jazz Albums, Plz

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One of the members of Shabaka and the Ancestors, keyboardist Nduduzo Makhathini, has several albums out as a leader. His music is spiritual Afro-jazz that kind of combines Coltrane circa '64 with Pharoah Sanders circa '71-'72; lots of modal grooves, some vocal ensembles, etc. They're hard to find as physical objects or even paid downloads, but they're all on Spotify (at least in the US).

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 15:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

someone should've recommended dizzy's Afro here cause it's fantastic

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Afro_%28album%29.jpg

Mordy, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

haven't heard this whole thing, but the samples are nice:
https://yuseflateef.bandcamp.com/album/hikima-creativity

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:40 (four weeks ago) Permalink

(maybe bc it's more afro-cuban than straight forward afro jazz?)

so many of the new london jazz ppl belong itt too

love the new theon cross album. and the new comet is coming. and the new ezra collective. and the new cykada.

Mordy, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:40 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, the new Ezra Collective has a cover of Fela's "Shakara" with Kokoroko on it - it's great.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 20:43 (four weeks ago) Permalink

2016's The Rough Guide To Ethiopian Jazz took a couple of spins, but soon became and remains one of my fave albums of this century. Subject for further study" Mongo Santamaria's Afro-Cuban Jazz, a familiar tag at the time, esp. late 50s-early 60s, when he was employing Chick Corea, and the live "Afro Blue" I heard again the other night on the radio seems a likely gateway for the nascent Allman Brothers Band, despite lack of guitars (also I think one of their early Florida-Alabama club circuit associates told me that). He seems pretty commercial, but a distinctive stylist ( "Afro Blue" was my gateway to Trane, via T.'s version). The back-and-forth of African, Latin, El Norte jazz and adjacent genres can have very varied results, but has always been engaging (oh yeah we haven't mentioned the Jazz Epistles here yet right)

dow, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Another fave: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou, of Dahomey, esp.Echos Hypnotiques, Vol. 2. although I haven't heard them all.
Seems like Denardo Coleman (or somebody else who should know) said somewhere that there is a lot (or some) more Ornette w Master Musicians of Jajouka than what we got on Dancing In Your Head. He's only on one track here, but whole thing looks appealing: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/the-road-to-jajouka-ornette-coleman-the-master-musicians-of-jajouka-howe-records-review-by-chris-may.php

dow, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lots of good suggestions earlier in the thread. Two albums I love that I don't think have shown up yet are Makaya Ntshoko's "Makaya & the Tsotsis" (very much in the spiritual jazz vein) and, if you can find it, Pat Matshikiza and Kippie Moeketsi's "Tshona" (I think this would appeal to all fans of Abdullah Ibrahim or of South African jazz in general, but it's got a really unique sound to it).

If you like the Makaya Ntshoko album, he's also the drummer on Hugh Masekela's "Home Is Where the Music Is," better known than a lot of the stuff in this thread so far but definitely worth checking out if you haven't already.

berlihe, Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWas-Aug5bo

Mordy, Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

more in fela vein but it's great

Mordy, Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(not that fela isn't great obv just that i'm not 100% sure fela should be in this thread's remit but i wanted to share good music)

Mordy, Thursday, 30 May 2019 21:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Since there's been lots of talk about Khan Jamal, worth mentioning the Sounds of Liberation record, too?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZw4XE7G4kM&t=1597s

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i also want to heartily rec one of my favorite records, period, and that is The WELS Concert by Brotzmann/Gania/Drake... think it fits the parameters, but i remain somewhat of a dabbler in the jazz scene, so feel free to correct me.

anyway, this is the record that made me really "get" jazz of a certain type, and i still blast it all the time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaPnidEujwM

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 30 May 2019 23:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

He was briefly mentioned by the late great upthread, but Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids' "An Angel Fell" from last year is highly recommended

rob, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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