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31 Aug 2016

Bayeté Umbra Zindiko (Todd Cochran) “Seeking Other Beauty”1973 US Space Funk









Bayeté Umbra Zindiko (Todd Cochran) “Seeking Other Beauty”1973 US rare Space Funk

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Bayete for Prestige records from 1972 with some righteous electric jazz.
Todd Cochran was now no more and henceforth known as Bayete Umbra Zindiko.This is a lethal dose of nasty spacefunk. The wah effects on “Don’t Need Nobody” are possibly the most extreme use of the Fender Rhodes recorded.Believe it, this is as wild and filthy as early Funkadelic.

Bayeté (Todd Cochran) was a West Coast keyboardist most notable for his presence on Julian Priester’s classic, Love, Love, composing “Eternal Worlds” and bravely accepting Herbie Hancock’s seat at the piano. Cochran also contributed heavily to the success of Bobby Hutcherson’s Head On and Hadley Caliman’s Iaepetus. His solo debut, Worlds Around The Sun, is closer to his soulful sets with Hutcherson (and includes many of the same musicians, including the vibraphonist fully representin’) while occasionally boosting the funk quotient. The most ear-opening moments are found in the lengthy “Bayeté”– which begins with a percussive vibe that suggests Joe Chamber’s “Almoravid” then transforms into a nice modal stormer– and the original version of “Free Angela”, a track that Santana would subsequently honor on their live Lotus set. (According to the Prestige Records press release tucked into my copy of Seeking, Bayeté additionally scored Francisco Newman’s documentary on Angela Davis, Ain’t Nobody Slick. Dunno if a proper soundtrack was ever issued and the search engines are shooting blanks on this title.) Redefining himself further as Bayeté Umbra Zindiko, Seeking Other Beauty is a lethal dose of nasty spacefunk. The wah effects on “Don’t Need Nobody” are possibly the most extreme use of the Fender Rhodes that I’ve yet heard. Believe it, this is as wild and filthy as early Funkadelic. Subsequent appearances by Bayeté, including sessions with Alphonso Johnson and John Klemmer, are less memorable. While I’ve yet to discover the debut Automatic Man lp (with Santana drummer Michael Shrieve, hmm), the Visitors album is worth describing here since all cuts were authored by Bayeté. That said, this is just a mediocre shot at mersh funk-rock, although arguably ahead of its time in predicting the ghastly and overblown rock guitar productions of the 80s. ….

Credits

Bass [Electric], Vocals – Hoza Phillips
Drums, Percussion – Agusta Lee Collins
Engineer – Skip Shimmin
Photography By – James Tyler
Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet [Electric], Vocals, Arranged By, Producer Bayeté Umbra Zindiko
Saxophone [Soprano], Flute, Vocals, Percussion – Mguanda*
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Vocals – Mulobo

Tracklist

A1 Let It Take Your Mind 2:45
A2 The Time Has Come 4:24
A3 Think On, People Arise; Mulobo; People Arise!!! 12:55
B1 Don’t Need Nobody 10:05
B2 Pruda’s Shoes 

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