Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Xanadu Master Edition Series - all newly remastered recordings from the out-of-print jazz label of the 70s and 80s. There will be 25 albums in total over next 18 months. Xanadu in Africa / Night Flight to Dakar is a 2-CD set that captures a late-70s tour of West Africa that included Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, Frank Butler, Leroy Vinnegar, and Dolo Coker.
Liner Note Authors: Don Schlitten; Mark Gardner ; M.K. Khan; Zev Feldman.
Recording information: Club Taski, Les Almadies, Dakar, Senegal (03/14/1980); In Dakar, Senegal, West Africa (03/14/1980); The Theatre Nationale Daniel Sorrano in Dakar Senegal (03/14/1980); Club Taski, Les Almadies, Dakar, Senegal (03/19/1980); In Dakar, Senegal, West Africa (03/19/1980); The Theatre Nationale Daniel Sorrano in Dakar Senegal (03/19/1980).
Director: Don Schlitten.
Photographers: Don Schlitten; Morty Yoss.
This compilation brings together two of saxophonist Al Cohn's live albums featuring his Xanadu ensemble. Both recorded while touring Africa in 1980, here we get Xanadu in Africa and Night Flight to Dakar. Joining Cohn are his associates in Xanadu, tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell, pianist Dolo Coker, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Frank Butler. Featured are such songs as "Blues Up and Down," "Sweet Senegalese Brown," "The King," "All or Nothing at All," "Robbins Nest," "Blues in the Closet," and more. This is aggressive, straight-ahead hard bop played to an enthusiastic audience. ~ Matt Collar