Frank Wright - Uhuru Na Umoja (1970) [remaster 2004]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 228 MB | Scans JPG - 56 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.98) - 81 MBGenre: jazz, free jazz | RAR 5% Rec. | Label: UM/Emarcy | CAT # 067 940-2 | 2004
Uhuru Na Umoja is a fiery 1970 date with Frank Wright leading a bassless quartet with Noah Howard on alto, Bobby Few on piano, and Art Taylor on drums. The tunes (or at least the heads) were composed by Howard: Ayler-esque, simple introductory melodies that quickly blast off to the stratosphere. Wright's gruff tenor contrasts nicely with Howard's sweeter tone, which is not really less intense, just less ferocious. Taylor is really impressive on his first foray into free music from his storied hard bop background, and Few's playing is nothing short of elegant even when the rest of the band is whipping up a storm.