20/01/2008

Hugh Masekela - The Boy's Doin' It (1975)

«Hugh Masekela has an extensive jazz background and credentials, but has enjoyed major success as one of the earliest leaders in the world fusion mode. Masekela's vibrant trumpet and flugelhorn solos have been featured in pop, R&B, disco, Afropop and jazz contexts. He's had American and international hits, worked with bands around the world, and played with African, African-American, European and various American musicians during a stellar career. His style, especially on flugelhorn, is a charismatic blend of striking upper register lines, half valve effects, repetitive figures and phrases, with some note bending, slurs and tonal colors. Though he's often simplified his playing to fit into restrictive pop formulas, Masekela's capable of outstanding ballad and bebop work. […]

No other work during Hugh Masekela's long and fruitful career blended all of his interests – jazz, funk, pop, Afrobeat, and R&B, plus a little Latin and a lot of disco – into such an exciting mixture as 1975's The Boy's Doin' It, his first record for Casablanca. Influenced by Kool & the Gang as well as the growing tendency for Latin artists (like Joe Bataan) to cross over toward contemporary dance trends (and labels), Masekela recruited a few veterans from the Ghanian highlife band Hedzoleh Soundz – with whom he'd worked with on one album before. Recorded in Lagos, Nigeria and dedicated to Fela Kuti, The Boy's Doin' It has six extended jams, each of which does an excellent job of playing off deep grooves against ensemble vocals and catchy hooks, with plenty of room for Masekela's own trumpet and every note polished to a fine '70s sheen. It didn't matter what type of music fan you were: pop, disco, funk, world music, and any but the most hidebound jazz purist could get into these tracks.» (AMG)

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tobi said...

sei più veloce della tua ombra a fare dei nuovi post, eh!?

;)

muchas gracias

Anonymous said...

Thnx Thnx and one more Thanks!!
I've been searching this album in internet for years.

Anonymous said...

thanks, love masekela, thanks alot

lamar said...

my dad has loads of this guy's cd's n i thot he was a cool jazz musician so wen he was down here in kigali tried to get an autograph so i wud surprise my dad n to my shock he refused truthfully he is whack n to 2 think he is associated wit e balck struggle

Radu said...

Sadly, when someone becomes rich and famous, it's easy for he or she to forget where they come from...

Analog Burner said...

Masekela is the man. Period. I was able to see him perform here last year with the Chisa All-Stars and it was incredible...He actually performed 'The Boy Is Doin It', so I was glad to find this LP later & now I'm glad I have the mp3 so I can take it with me...Peace.

Jérôme said...

Thank you so much, i'm looking forward to listen to it. Loved his "Chisa Years" CD too.