TK Blue: Rhythm in Blue
2003 JaJa Records
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TK Blue (Talib Kibwe) on Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Alto Flute, Kalimba
Kevin Jones on Congas, Djembe, Percussion, Udu
Jaimeo Brown on Drums
Antwan Barrett on Electric Bass, Bass
Makinto on Piano, Vocal Sounds, Flute, Kalimba
Dr. Roberta Zlokower
March 19, 2004
This is a CD with fused African, Caribbean, and South American rhythms and tonalities, composed by TK Blue and/or Makinto. TK's flute and two saxophones are sensual and sensational. Very often one solo instrument leads into or extends a mesmerizing mood.
#4 – An African in Paris (Pt. 1) – Composed by Makinto. TK's sax plays a full solo piece, winding in and around an interesting melody, and finding the far edges of exotic sounds.
#5 – An African in Paris (Pt. 2) – Composed by Makinto. With a piano lead, a decidedly Latin beat evolves, danceable as Salsa. Makinto extrapolates the same theme from track #4, but here the sax is an extension of a vibrant combo.
#8 – The Caribbean Express – Composed by TK Blue. TK leads with his own percussive flair, beside the repetitive drums. This piece was reminiscent of Herbie Mann, with jazz flute dancing en air.
#10 – Pinnacle of Flutes United, A Medley-Pinnacle of Joy/Flute for Me, Flute for You – Composed by TK Blue and Makinto. With the unique sound of just two flutes and pleasant percussion, this piece is bustling, buoyant, and breezy, like two colorful kites, swirling in the wind.