I was only a kid the first time I heard Assagai, but I think I loved them from the very first note. I had no idea what genre the music was, just that it was full of joy and life. Back then I certainly wouldn't have pegged it as jazz, that was the comedy music you heard on old cartoons. In retrospect I'm even less certain. Listen to Fred Coker's fizzy guitar on Asaka: he's in full on 1970s electric blues rock mode here. It threatens to veer into retro kitsch, but it's just so damn expressive. Really love Louis Moholo's drums on this track though, he just gets so many different sounds from those skins. Taken from the 1971 album Assagai.