Friday, April 27, 2012

Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Baraka

With today starting the first of three events that honor the launch of International Jazz Day, which is officially declared for April 30th, I though I would highlight one of my favorite tracks that feature the International Jazz Day "Godfather" in Herbie Hancock with a Afro-jazz gem he recorded with Don Cherry (trumpet), Jimmy Heath (saxophone), Albert "Tootie" Heath (drums) Buster Williams (bass), and James Mtume (congas) in 1969 called "Baraka". This spiritual composition, which was written by Mtume, was included on Albert Heath's album Kawaida. To this day, this record is easily one of my all-time favorites as it combines African spiritualism with heavily layered modal jazz grooves and rhythms. A fitting selection to help celebrate the first International Jazz Day!

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Kuumba-Toudie Heath - Baraka

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