The Nigerian-born Ilori arrived in the US in the late '50s and recorded the first six tracks on this album-the original African High Life release-in 1963. They're pleasant, if unspectacular, palm-wine highlife outings from the West African tradition, distinguished by some masterful drumming, but diminished by strangely inept alto saxophone contributions. Elvin Jones' thrilling and uplifting interaction with the drum choir of Ilori, Chief Bey, Roger Sanders, Ladji Camara and Sonny Morgan is a feature of the mid-tempo groove of "Gbogbo Omo Ibilie" and the hotter and more intense "Agbamurero. Their dialogue continues on the cool-down closing tune, "Igbesi Aiye," which gets into some fine cross-rhythmic work.
Drum, Cowbell – Josiah Ilori. Guitar – Jay Berliner, Solomon Ilori (tracks: B2). Producer – Alfred Lion. Recorded By – Rudy Van Gelder. Vocals, Whistle, Talking Drum, Composed By – Solomon Ilori. Recorded on April 25, 1963. Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble. African High Life (LP, Album, Mono).
Blue Note US. Solomon ILORI & HIS AFRO DRUM ENSEMBLE. Blue Note US. Format: LP Cat: 4136 Released: 28 Jan 10 Genre: Jazz. 1. "Tolani (African Love Song)". 2. "Ise Oluwa (God's Work Is Indestructible)".
It seems strange that Blue Note, a label generally associated with bop, hard bop, and the early avant-garde, would have released an album like African High Life. It didn't really fit in with Blue Note's back catalog and - perhaps as a result - the label didn't tread these waters again for a number of years. Regardless, this is a very enjoyable if not essential album of traditional African highlife music set to dance tempos. Fans of Count Ossie (or other Pan-African musics that predate an outright American R&B influence) should know what to expect here
Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble Follow Me to Africa. Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble Aiye Le (The Troubled World). Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble Igbesi Aiye (Song Of Praise To God). Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble Tolani (African Love Song) (Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble). The Afro-Drum Ensemble Prayer by Solomon G. Ilori. Art Blakey, The Afro-Drum Ensemble Prayer by Solomon G.
1. Tolani (African Love Song). Top Songs Solomon Ilori and His Afro-Drum Ensemble. Ise Oluwa (God's Work Is Indestructible).
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Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble's music has been featured on 13 episodes. Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble,Blue Note,1994. Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble Blue Note,1963. Solomon Ilori And His Afro-Drum Ensemble,Blue Note,1963. Gbogbo Omo Ibile (Going Home). Solomon Ilori & His Afro-Drum Ensemble Honest Jon's Records,2006.