Breaks: Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders

Breaks: Orlando Julius & the Afro Sounders

Another Ginger Baker related Afro-beat recording. Orlando Julius, even prior to encountering Cream’s drummer in the studio, was a performer of some significant repute. The guy issued music before this self titled slab dating to 1973 and continued on his way despite distribution hamstringing his success. Considering the time and place Julius convened his band, it’s odd that nothing really came of these tracks. There’re six funky winners here, each as good for dancing as the next.

“Afro Instrumental” is what it should be. All the slinky rhythms you might want slammed together with a sturdy bit of saxophone pushing through. It’s not a jazz track, but the influence is there in all its squeaks and choruses. Comparing anything in the genre to Fela’s a bit of a thorny path. But if that were undertaken, it’s still likely that Julius and his cohort would fair pretty well. Come for the genre, stay for the analog keyboards.