Kirk Lightsey

Habiba W/ Rudolph Johnson & The All Stars (OTR-013)

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Habiba W/ Rudolph Johnson & The All Stars

Kirk Lightsey

Outernational Sounds


LPS 166376




LP 22,30 €

Maybe the hippest record ever issued by pianist Kirk Lightsey – in part because the set was issued on a South African label, and also because it features tremendous work from saxophonist Rudolph Johnson – who you'll know for his two classic 70s albums on the Black Jazz imprint!

The setting is maybe most in the mode of Johnson at his best – long tracks that spin out and really take their time to develop – not outside or avant, but also not more familiar spiritual jazz either – as there's this special, soulful balance that really keeps things interesting – as Lightsey plays electric piano, Johnson handles tenor and flute – and the rest of the group features Danny Cortez on trumpet, Delbert Hill on bass clarinet, Al Hall on trombone, and Charles Mallory on guitar.

Side A features the long title track – the beautiful "Habiba" – balanced by the beautiful tune "Here It Is" and the funkier "Fresh Air" – both on side B.


  • Kirk Lightsey - keyboard
  • Rudolph Johnson - tenor sax, flute
  • Johnny Boshoff - bass
  • Curtis Kirk - drums
  • Charles Mallory - guitar
  • Al Hall - trombone
  • Delbert Hill - bass clarinet
  • Danny Cortez - trumpet


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Habiba
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Here It Is
  • B2. Fresh Air