Friday, June 4, 2010

Free Lance (1979)

A bicycle built for eight! Simple. Carefree. Curiously suited to the label, octuplets and the music herein. Breezily swinging African tinged spiritual jazz with legendary expat pianist Bobby Few, soprano saxophonist Jo Maka and Senegalese percussionist Cheikh Tidiane Fall with a guest out vocal spot by Anedra Shockley on one cut. Recalls Don Cherry's 'brown rice' period on the title track and Dollar Brand / Abdullah Ibrahim on the Maka penned Sunflowers (not to be confused with Hubbard's "Little Sunflower"). This was the first release on the French Free Lance label.

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