This is the first of two CDs which present recordings made with Ghanaian musician Nii Noi Nortey on drums and percussion during our playing association during 1978/79. I first met Nii Noi in the earlly spring of 1978 when he approached me for saxophone tuition..........The tuition went well, he was a keen pupil and worked diligently on what I was showing him of the technical and theoretical side of playing. Then after several lessons he turned to me and said: 'Okay you've been listening to me and telling me how and what to play, now let's hear what you can do.' So I began to play saxophone and Nii Noi soon joined in on the various percussion instruments he had collected, and this set the pattern for our musical interaction even after we brought the formal saxophone tuition to an end. Early in 1979 he eventually bought a second hand drum kit....and other people became aware of or were invited to the sessions which regularly happened in Nii Noi's basement, and some of these were recorded onto audio cassette but were never intended for release. One of those invited was multi-instrumentalist Nick Solomon who I first came across in 1969, who plays cello on the first two tracks of this CD - the remainder being saxophone/drums duets with Nii Noi. The exact dates of the recording are not known, but given that the first two tracks have Nii Noi on assorted percussion rather than the kit suggest they were recorded in late 1978 and the duo tracks with the drum kit in 1979.
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released December 1, 2014
Released by Panton Music
Catalogue No. PMA1+789
David Panton - alto saxophone, shennei, composer, recordist;
Nick Solmon - cello;
Nii Noi Nortey - drums, percussion.
Recorded at Sandford Road, Moseley, Birmingham 1978 & 1979.
All works by Panton published by D & ED Panton Music
(c) (p) 1978, 1979, 2014.