Sathima Bea Benjamin: SongSpirit (2006)
The dozen selections include songs borrowed from the Great American Songbook, plus some of Sathima Bea Benjamin's own compositions, reflecting her interests in African heritage, as well as her feelings about South Africa's restrictive policies over the decadesand these songs can be best expressed by the titles "Children of Soweto," "Africa" and "Music."
The earliest recording comes from a Duke Ellington meeting, including violinist Svend Asmussen, on "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good." A previously unreleased duet recording of "It Never Entered My Mind" with Abdullah Ibrahim comes from Switzerland in 1973. Among the compositions that are burnished by the singer are "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Indian Summer," "Lush Life" and "Memories of You." Additional contributions feature saxophonists Ricky Ford (tenor on "Music") and Carlos Ward (alto on "Children of Soweto").
The liner notes include a most interesting interview with Sathima Bea Benjamin by jazz critic Francis Davis.
Track Listing: Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life; I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good; Africa; Indian Summer; It Never Entered My Mind; I Only Have Eyes For You; Memories of You; Music; Lush Life, Children Of Soweto'; I'll Follow My Secret Heart; Loveless Love/Careless Love.
Personnel: Sathima Bea Benjamin: vocals; Kenny Barron, Duke Ellington, Henry February, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stephen Scott, Larry Willis, piano; Johnny Gertze, Basil Moses, Buster Williams: bass; Lulu Gontsana, Billy Higgins, Hakhaya Malkhaya, Ben Riley, Lulu Gontsana, Vincent Pavitt, drums; Svend Asmussen: Pizzacato violin; Carlos Ward: alto saxophone; Ricky Ford: tenor saxophone.
Record Label: Ekapa