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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Themes For African Drums

The Talking Drums Looks Ahead
The Guy Warren Sounds
Themes For African Drums
RCA Victor LSP-1864

Here's fantastic record packaged to appeal to "exotica" fans of the late 50s early 60s. Guy Warren was born Warren Gamaliel Kpakpo Akwei in Accra on May 4, 1923.

Read about Warren's extensive history on his wikipedia page.

For this album (his second), he wanted blend African influences with voices, drums and a trombone (there are additional instruments used on the LP). He collaborated with the great trombone player Lawrence Brown. Brown told him what he was doing was not common in jazz and that it put him one step ahead.

Some tunes seem straight forward folk, others are a blend of folk and jazz while others such as The Talking Drums Looks Ahead are just cool jazz."

This is awesome stuff.

1 comment:

  1. That is quite unique! I like the sound of that drum! Cool Exotica cover, too!


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