Something tells me that Ronin Kenyatta is very jazzy….very free-jazzy in fact, and I dare say most of his repertoire may be a bit to much for me, but today’s track is something I’ve stumbled upon recently and am quite enjoying!
Born Robert Prince Haynes in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Kenyatta grew up in New York City, and began playing the saxophone at age 14. His love for music drove him forward and as a self-taught musician he mastered the alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones and flute from a young age!! Throughout his career he spent many years as a bandleader, but also played alongside a large array of artists, often as a side player.
His extensive discography goes right back to the mid-1960’s and extends into the 2000’s, but he only released the one album as the Free State Band. Issued in 1972, this self-titled offering is considered by many a jazz fan as the “Holy Grail”, but for one who only touches the fringes of this genre, I’m not sure my musical mind has reached that point yet. Still, I can appreciate the art in which it is formed and do love a bit of jazz percussion!!
Opening track, Angela dances and trances to a fusion of full-flavoured flute and invigorating rhythms and through its seven minutes explores undulating melodies and expressive textures..It’s quite a groove and I hope you like? Check it out above.