Randy Weston Blue Moses on 180g Import LP from Speakers Corner
After a long seven year hiatus, elusive pianist Randy Weston recorded Blue Moses in 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder's famous studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Lengthy trips through North Africa and as far as the Niger, plus the ignorance of American record companies, were the reasons for the long pause.
Finally CTI producer Creed Taylor took an interest in the enigmatic Weston and financed a large ensemble featuring trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, tenor saxophonist Grover Washington, flutists Hubert Laws and Romeo Penque, drummer Billy Cobham, bassists Ron Carter and Bill Wood, and percussionists Phil Kraus, Airto Moreira, and Weston's son Azzedin.
With sterling arrangements from Don Sebesky, the four themes provide a great basis for improvisations by the soloists, whereby Weston's piano takes the lion's share. The flute is also very prominent here. It is quite possible that many jazz fans may have overlooked the works of Randy Weston. Now they have the opportunity to correct this mistake with Speakers Corners' re-release of the dynamic Blue Moses.
Don Sebesky (conductor/arrangements)
Randy Weston (piano)
Grover Washington, Jr. (tenor saxophone)
Freddie Hubbard (trumpet)
Garnett Brown (trombone)
Alan Rubin (flugelhorn)
Hubert Laws / Romeo Penque (flute)
George Marge (english horn, clarinet, flute)
Ron Carter/Bill Wood (bass)
Bill Cobham (drums)
Phil Kraus / Airto Moreira / Azzedin (percussion)