Osibisa is an interesting idea of a reunion of musicians all african descendants, some from Africa and some from Central America. All the musicians are quite skilled and can do a very good sound, rooted on jazz and regional influences. Though I do not like very much the usage of the percussion (maybe because many music in Brazil is made only of percussion), their debut album is good enough, with the aid of a great producer (Tony Visconti).
If the album was in the same level of the first song, it would be a masterpiece, since the 7-minute long The Dawn is a superb song, with excellent musicianship, great organ, guitar and flute and horn playing. The song is the best of the album. The other songs are not that good, being more a jazz rock with latin and african percussion, good musicianship, not excellent solos though. The other songs that are my preferred of this album are Akwabba and Think About the People. Phallus C is great jazzy, but the extended percussion section bores a little. Not that spoils the quality, but could have been better.
In the overall, the album is enjoyable and though it is not a masterpiece it is good, mainly for those who like jazz rock with world music.
Loughty Amao (saxophone, percussion)
Sol Amarfio (drums)
Robert Bailey (keyboards)
Roy Bedeau (bass)
Teddy Osei (flute, saxophone, vocals, percussion)
Spartacus R (guitar, bass, percussion)
Wendel Richardson (guitar, vocals)
Mac Tontoh (trumpet, flugelhorn, kabosy)
This cover illustration was used as the logo for my first "Many Fantastic Color" blog in 2007
01. Dawn (Armarfio/Osei) 7:03
02. Music for Gong Gong (Osei/Tontoh) 5:29
03. Ayiko Bia (Osei) 7:53
04. Akwaaba (Osei/Tontoh) 4:20
05. Oranges (Osei) 4:40
06. Phallus C (Bedeau) 7:14
07. Think About the People (Amao/Armarfio/Bailey/Bedeau/Oaei/SpartacusR/Richardson/Tontoh) 4:21
ARMU 1321 (mediafire)