Album Review

Kelan Philip Cohran and Legacy present “African Skies”

leothelion   3/1/2011   A Library

This recording was well put together musically. It has great melodic instrumentation with Bass Clarinet, Congas, Piccolo String Bass, Flute, Guitar and Harps with a strong jazz feel to it. This album African Skies was influenced and realized in 1993 after the passing of a fellow band member and mentor of Kelan Philip Cohran Herman Blount (better known as, Sun Ra). This was publicly heard for the first and only time at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois in the same year. Kelan Philip Cohran aka Big Phil is very talented musician, he plays at least four instruments on this recording. The first track, Theme invites you into the recording with a chat and then the beauty of the music comes in real nice. White Nile is heavenly to the ears. But my favorite piece is Cohran Blues, it has soulful beginning with trumpets that gives you a feel of being in a blues bar in New Orleans, then a lady comes in with a sassy soulful Baptist Church like verse that was just awesome. I love it. The Jazz Collective Show should really fall in love with this recording. Overall, this is a nice recording. This recording is very pleasant to the ears.

Leo The Lion
Production note: Since this was a live recording some songs don’t start right away. These recordings are good for music beds for PSA or SCs.

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