Michael White - The Land of Spirit and Light (Fela Kuti afrojazz cover, 1974)

(IMPULSE! - AS-9241).

From the 60s avant garde jazz to the 70s jazz rock fusion, Michael White had opportunity to play his violin with many kind of musicians. He released 3 LPs on Capitol with his band The Fourth Way, then various albums as leader on Impulse, and worked as sideman for Pharoah Sanders or Alice Coltrane.

The Land of Spirit and Light is a creative melodic and percussive mixture, allowing space for improvisations supported by Cecil McBee punchy bassline. This track is a unique trip around Fela Kuti's "Egbe Mi O"... Michael White seems to suggest that Spirit and Light are to be found (or at least searched) in Africa.

Michael White - The Land of Sipirt and Light (Part 3):

Michael White (violin)
Kenny Jenkins (vocals)
Bobby King (guitar, classical guitar)
Bob King (classical guitar)
Cecil McBee (bass instrument)
Stanley Nash (vocals)
Prince Lasha (flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet)
Ed Kelly (piano)
Kenneth Nash (percussion)

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