rec. April 1986
1. Bushman Song (electric version) (7:15) 2. Serenade To The Mother Land (5:15) 3. Some Things Never Change (7:24) 4. Mwé Malad O (4:15) 5. Loss Of A Moment (3:38) 6. East Side - West Side (10:21) 7. Calypso Rose (4:09) 8. Bushman Song (acoustic version) 9:49
Born in 1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas, sax player John Stubblefield looks back on a rich working experience with the likes of Nat Adderley, Kenny Barron, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, Kip Hanrahan, Freddie Hubbard, Abdullah Ibrahim, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, McCoy Tyner, and the Mingus Big Band. On Bushman Song, he was a pioneer in fusioning ethnic music and funk/jazz, "the chant of prehistory and the chant of the technological urban complex" (Stanley Crouch), sounds from Martinique and the Bronx.
This re-release on CD opens with an electric version of the title track and closes with the acoustic version of the same title. Percussionist/vocalist Mino Cinélu explores his native Caribbean tradition with his song Mwé Malad O, while Calypso Rose is an all-percussion piece of age-old African heritage. When Bushman Song was first released on record in 1986, the jazz audience had not yet opened up to border-crossing music the way it finally did in the mid-'90s. Listening to this provocative CD will be a surprise!
John Stubblefield on ENJA:
ENJ-5051 2 Countin' On The Blues
ENJ-8036 2 Morning Song
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