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3 CDs from the late bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist Rufus Harley, a frequent Sun Ra compatriot, recording in Paris, in a long radio interview from 1995, and live in Jamaica.

Harley, Rufus
Bagpipes of the World

Harley, Rufus: Bagpipes of the World (Transparency)
Label: Transparency    
Released in: USA    

"In 1995 jazz bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist Rufus Harley went to Paris to record. The first disc in this collection is 77 minutes recorded with Rufus playing both baby soprano sax and American bagpipes, in tandem with a French bagpipe group whose bagpipes have a completely different tuning for a strange and somewhat mysterious mystical-sounding contrast, slightly reminiscent of the Master Musicians of Joujouka at times. Rufus is also backed by the George Avunitas Trio on several of the tracks and sings the definitive version of his signature song, "Wake Up! It's Me!" among standards interpreted in a way you've never heard before.

The second disc is a one-hour interview with Richard Segan on One World Radio done just six weeks before Rufus' passing and it showcases in words the enthusiasm and spirit in his music and life and makes this a truly personal release. And wonderfully, two of Rufus Harley's musical sons (he had fourteen children) wanted to be involved to make this a family tribute. Trumpeter America Patton Harley sends a beautiful five-song studio session he did in Kansas City, and his brother, trumpeter Messiah Patton Harley sends a complete concert from Jamaica in 2002, where he and his father performed together with Jamaican musicians. This concert is as much bizarre stylistic fun as the different bagpipe tunings in the Paris recordings. Imagine jazz standards done in a technicolor lounge style but backed with the foundation of a Jamaican rhythm section, adding a surreal reggae cross current to the proceedings. This album is truly global, as Rufus Harley, the international ambassador of good will and love, would have wanted it!"-Transparency

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Product Information:


Label: Transparency
Catalog ID: Transparency 0251
Squidco Product Code: 11889

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray Box
Disc 1 recorded in Paris, 1995. WDAS Radio interview 1995; One World Radio, WHUS with Richard Segan on June 13, 2006; Disc 3 live in Jamaica, 2002.


Disc One:

Rufus Harley-bagpipes, baby soprano saxophone, vocal

Georges Avanitas-piano

Jacky Samson (?)-bass

Charles Saudrais-drums

unknown French bagpipers of different tunings

Disc Two:

American Patton Harley-trumpet

Andy LaVerne-piano

Rufus Reid-bass

John Riley-drums

Harold Mabern-piano

Ron Carter-bass

Adam Nussbaum-drums

Disc Three:Rufus Harley-bagpipes, baby soprano sax

Messia Patton Harley-trumpet

unknown Jamaican musicians

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Track Listing:

Disc One:

1. WDAS Radio Interview 2:04

2. Track 02 1:02

3. My Shining Hour 7:24

4. Track 04 0:43

5. Summertime 9:51

6. Track 06 0:38

7. Track 07 1:16

8. My Funny Valentine 11:56

9. Track 09 1:41

10. Track 10 0:58

11. It's Me 7:53

12. Track 12 1:01

13. Me - We - Us (Part One) 7:27

14. Me - We - Us (Part Two) 10:03

15. Moon River 8:44

16. Rufus Harley (The International Ambassador of Cultrure and Freedom) Presents the Liberty Bell and the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in Beverly, France 3:17

Disc Two:

The Last Interview: with Richard Segan, One World Radio, WHUS, June 13, 2006 57:29

2. A New Love Supreme 4:46

3. Mr. P.C. 3:34

4. Naima 3:41

Disc Three:

1. Noah's Ark 4:59

2. Soultrane 5:26

3. The Crack 7:35

4. Someday My Prince Will Come 8:58

5. Stormy Weather 9:44

6. unknown title 3:47

7. Amazing Grace 6:03

8. Scotland the Brave 10:50

9. unknown blues 6:24

10. A Child Is Born 5:16

11. Melodies of the World 2:27

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