Episode #1900

Program #1900

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Sunday, March 09, 2003

The great Randy Weston - pianist, composer, and bandleader โ€“ joins host John Schaefer in the WNYC studio to perform some of his works and present recordings made with master Gnawa musicians in Morocco. While Weston's music is rooted in bop and boogie-woogie piano traditions, it is also rich in West African polyrhythms, Caribbean tunes, and the kind of angular dissonant textures associated with Thelonius Monk. One of his most groundbreaking albums was the 1992 "The Splendid Master Gnawa Musicians of Morocco," and this visit is sure to be a facinating one.
PROGRAM # 1900, with guest Randy Weston (First aired on Wed., 3/14/2001)





Randy Weston


African Village, Bedford-Stuyvesant [3:30]

2 versions of this are on the 2-CD set "Spirits Of Our Ancestors" by Randy Weston, a 1991 release on Verve Records. Available in stores, online, or through
OR available for purchase at*

Randy Weston

The Splendid Master Gnawa Musicians of Morocco

Chalabati [8:30]

Verve #521 587.**
OR available for purchase at*

Randy Weston


Blue Moses [8:00]

Weston's recording of this piece, on the album "Blue Moses," is now on CD, available as a Japanese import on King Records. OR available for purchase at*. It is also available on the 2-CD set "Spirits of Our Ancestors," see above.

Randy Weston & The Gnawa Master Musicians of Morocco

Spirit: The Power of Music

Lalla Mira [12:00]

Universal Music, France #543 256. Currently available in Europe only.

Randy Weston

The Splendid Master Gnawa Musicians of Morocco

Sound Playing, excerpt [2:00]

See above.

*, ** - Find the recordings you've heard - go to the New Sounds Recordings Information page

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