Afrobeat instigator and drum legend Tony Allen pays tribute to his longstanding idol, American jazz drummer Art Blakey on a new EP. The project named A Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers features four tracks “Moanin,” “The Drum Thunder Suite,” “Night In Tunisia” and “Politely” which provide a preview of his forthcoming first album for Blue Note scheduled for release in the autumn. Recorded in Paris in live conditions that saw Allen and his 8-piece band together in the same room, with the sound channelled through 12 separate mics onto 2″ tape via a Sony MCI-JH24 analogue multi-track recorder. Listen to the opening track “Moanin” and hear Allen craft his unique Afrobeat style over the Art Blakey classic.
3. Night In Tunisia
4. Thunder Suite