La Dee La La
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A lost soul jazz treasure – the legendary 3rd album from saxophonist Shamek Farrah, recorded after his first 2 sides for Strata East! The approach here is slightly different than that of the Strata sides – a bit more joyous and lyrical, with tunes that open up in waves of sound, color, and life – brightly pointing the way towards a new jazz vision that's really tremendous!
Farrah's working here with an assortment of players from the east coast underground of the time – as well as Chicago stalwart Malachi Thompson on trumpet, the great Sonelius Smith on piano, and vocalist Ghanniya green, who does some great Africanist scatting on the title track.
The whole thing's incredible – an exuberant set of longer tracks that easily matches the best classics on Strata East from the 70s, and the kind of album that we've treasured for years.
Recorded at Sound Ideas New York City, June 1978