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Best of 2016
File under: Spiritual Jazz
Best of 2016

Brother Ah

Key To Nowhere

Label: Manufactured Recordings

Format: CD

Genre: Jazz

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CD Edition. Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ahh – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ahh's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works – almost in an Alice Coltrane spiritual mode, with tracks that emphasize consciousness, healing, well being, and awareness. Ahh plays flute and French horn on the album – and other instrumentation includes percussion by Nasar Abadey and Barbara Burton-Tuten, bass from Mike Bowie, harp and mbiri from Jeff Majors, and guitar from Marvin Tuten. Most tracks are instrumentals – building in a nice Phil Cohran-ish way – but a few numbers feature vocals.

"Key To Nowhere, Brother Ah's third LP, also released on Divine in 1983, features him on flute, horn, harmonica, nayamka, and shell horn, leading an octet of musicians, including lush and driving harp, as played by Jeff Majors, and vocals on 'Motherless Child', 'Key To Nowhere' and 'Nature's Blues' from Natasha Hasan Yousef. Ah's harmonica flourishes on 'The Void' are a standout moment not only on the album, but in his catalog. Despite these fascinating infusions, Key To Nowhere is perhaps Ah's most cohesive '70s recording."

File under: Spiritual Jazz
Cat. number: MFG 039CD
Year: 2016

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