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In the World: From Natchez to New York

Olu Dara

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The best albums are worlds unto themselves, demanding to be absorbed start to finish in one listen. This beguiling effort from Olu Dara takes the listener on a journey to the center of American music, from the blues to funk and jazz. Dara, who cut his teeth on the free-jazz scene as a trumpeter in the '70s and '80s, wrote the songs, sings most of 'em, and plays guitar and cornet on this sexy, globe-trotting album. Too often projects like this get over-produced, but the album is rough-edged and has a mellow pace. It exudes a subdued joy that's totally infectious.


Born: 12 January 1941 in Natchez, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although he didn't record under his own name until 1998, Olu Dara enjoyed a reputation as one of the jazz avant-garde's leading trumpeters from the mid-'70s on. Early-'80s records and performances with the David Murray Octet and the Henry Threadgill Sextet revealed Dara to be a daring, roots-bound soloist, with a modern imagination and a big burnished tone in the style of Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge. Dara was born Charles Jones. He moved to New York in 1963, but did not perform publicly until...
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In the World: From Natchez to New York, Olu Dara
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  • 99,00 kr
  • Genres: Blues, Music, Jazz, Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues
  • Released: 17 February 1998

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