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Friday, October 15, 2021

Terra Nova - Robin Kenyatta


Terra Nova

Terra Nova
Robin Kenyatta
Produced by Michael Cuscuna
The horn arrangement on Terra Nova is by Jonas Gwangwa
Need Your Love So Bad & Touch were recorded at The Hit Factory, New York, N.Y. in April, 1973
Recording Engineer: Harry Maslin
All other selections were recorded at Dynamic Recording Studios, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies in March 1973
Recording Engineer: Carlton Lee
Percussion and horn overdubs recorded in Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y., and The Hit Factory, New York, N.Y.
Recording Engineers: Harry Maslin, Jimmy Douglass and Joel Kerr
Mixed at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, N.Y.
Re-mis Engineer: Jimmy Douglas
Photography: Giuseppe G. Pino
Atlantic SD 1644

From Billboard: October 13, 1973: What a mass to find a jazz LP which makes the reggae come alive in a very legitimate manner. Much of this LP was cut in Kingston, Jamaica and the opening cut. "Temptation Took Control Of Me (And I Fell)" starts things off on a bouncy, lets groove together mood. Alto-soprano saxman Kenyatta also scores with some simple blues tinged material like "Need Your Love So Bad" and "Island Shakedown," But the emphasis on this small group situation is to work with reggae. and for the African instrumentalist, this could easily be the LP to break him big. It could also be the first instrumental LP to make reggae the broad appeal music it deserves to be. It's really that good an LP and one only hopes that the powers at Atlantic will take the time to bring this LP to people's attention. The marriage of jazz techniques with the Jamaican rhythm is perfect. This is the best damn reggae/jazz LP to  be released in the U.S. There is enough legit jazz blowing to satisfy jazz buffs with the added spice of a dancing, hip swaying rhythm to entice hardcore soul stirrers.

Temptation Took Control Of Me (And I Fell)
Need Your Love So Bad
Terra Nova
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Freedom Jazz Dance
Mother Earth (Provides For Me)
Island Shakedown

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