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Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant, producer, educator, and print and broadcast journalist. He tells of his childhood in Brooklyn, his six decades long musical career, his time living in Morocco, and his lifelong quest to learn about the musical and cultural traditions of Africa The Autobiography of Randy Weston. Randy Weston , Willard Jenkins.

African Rhythms is the autobiography of the important jazz pianist, composer and band leader Randy Weston. He tells of his childhood in Brooklyn, his six decades long musical career, his time living in Morocco, and his lifelong quest to learn about the musical and cultural traditions of Africa.

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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This book was purchased as a required text for a class. I found the writing style very engaging and flowing. Almost like having a conversation with an old friend. It is a book that I will read again in the future. The first reading involved a lot of stops to research songs or other artists mentioned on the internet. There is a lot of new jazz in the music library thanks to this book. The book reads like Randy Weston is conversing with you, and conveys the basis for his deeply Afro-centric world view.

The book will lead me to explore some references he made, e. Wayne Chandler and his writings. Weston's voice comes through loud and clear Weston's voice comes through loud and clear as he shares the arc of his life with his readers and fans.

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One person found this helpful. I did not enjoyed it, and it seems too superficial for me, with only a very few interesting passages. Anytime a jazz autobiography summons you to play the music being written about, it must be deemed a success.

Randy's autobiography is unorthodox in the sense that the focus is not overly detailed on the subject, the focal point is Randy's quest to center himself in the spirit of Africa. This he manages to do spiritually, musically and even for awhile physically. There are no scandalous details about himself or others. No salacious stories about sexual exploits or drug abuse. In fact his personal life is very sparsely explored. Hopefully that is not what one would be looking for. The book has a real spiritual feel to it and that has been Randy's mission since he first became interested in jazz music.

He was always on a spiritual quest to understand and connect what we call jazz to its' African beginnings. And that is really the direction of this very good read. He takes the reader around the world to all the places he has played in, some of them very unusual.

As he shares these scenes, he is consistently revealing his thoughts about the motivation behind his compositions and what he was trying to accomplish musically, both through his writing and his performances. I have been forever fascinated by and deeply interested in the history of Africa, the current problems of Africa, the triumphs of the African people, the political situation in Africa And it is sad, because his commitment to Africa and the search for the roots of jazz, indeed all music may be the cause of this.

He is sure this is the reason he is not often invited to the mainstream jazz clubs. The point is that this is our culture, it's not just music I think because of that direction I've had to try and open up other areas in which to perform our music. His interest in Africa and ancestral rhythms is unmatched amongst his jazz peers. His allegiance to his mission led him to move from Brooklyn,NY and live in Morocco for 6 years. This, at a time when most jazz players were looking to Europe for their musical inspirations. I was listening to some of the compositions as I was reading about them, and the ability to do that really gives you a greater appreciation of the music.

The use of different instruments on his recordings and how he was using those sounds to tell a story comes alive for the active listener. If you love jazz and are unfamiliar with Randy Weston, this book is a great place to start and thank goodness he includes an extensive discography, something other music biographies fail to do.

This book will be a rewarding journey for any reader. True jazz buffs will welcome this well-detailed, informative memoir, by one of the most innovative musicians in America, Randy Weston, for it pays earnest tribute to the African origins, traditions, and their primary influence on the sounds that rose from Congo Square long ago. It is the finest jazz autobiography since that of the big band maestro Duke Ellington's glorious remembrances, Music Is My Mistress.

Every page in this remarkable book has Weston's significant memories of the people and places he met. There is not any gossip or dirt about these people, because everything is about the purity and integrity of the music that Weston loves so much. See all 6 reviews.

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