Tony Allen - A Tribute To Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers EP (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 24:29 minutes | 530 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover
Whether he’s playing with Fela Kuti or Damon Albarn, the Nigerian drummer Tony Allen rarely compromises. “I don’t play funk or jazz,” he says. “I play Afrobeat.” This 25-minute mini-album, his first release for Blue Note, ostensibly pays tribute to one of the great hard-bop bandleaders, but Allen still refuses to deviate from his own personal pulse a jittery, back-to-front pattern that sounds like he’s constantly soloing. Allen doesn’t actually “swing” at all on these four standards associated with Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, instead putting each through his own Afrobeat prism.