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Tune of the Week – “Ayo Ayo Nene”

Time to go deep The name of this dude is Mor Thiam. A Senegalese drummer who moved to the United States and settled in St Louis, Thiam has the power to rattle cages with his take on the funk. In …

Thu, Jun 11, 2009, 12:01

   

Time to go deep

The name of this dude is Mor Thiam. A Senegalese drummer who moved to the United States and settled in St Louis, Thiam has the power to rattle cages with his take on the funk. In the past, he worked with jazzers like Freddie Hubbard and Lester Bowie and blues giants like BB King, all of whom dug Thiam’s adventurous, far-out and soulful approach to sound and grooves like this which defy you not to move.

“Ayo Ayo Nene” is from his 1973 album “Dini Safarrar”. It’s one of those rare beat-up albums which avid diggers in the crate have on their wanted lists. If you do find a vinyl copy, the current asking price is around $1000 which is, you must admit, a lot of fish suppers.

You’ll find “Ayo Ayo Nene”, though, on a recent compilation called “Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal and Deep Jazz from the Undergound, 1968-77″ on the Now-Again label, where it sits shoulder to shoulder with other celestial cuts which transport you beyond the stars. Listen to or download “Ayo Ayo Nene” here.

And, one for the pop trivia fans in the audience, Thiam’s son happens to be this guy.

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