Key To Nowhere (LP)

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Format: LP
Label: Manufactured Recordings
Year: 2016

Media Condition: New
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New


A1 Motherless Child (8:34)
A2 Sekou (5:25)
A3 Hanifah (5:49)

B1 Key To Nowhere (4:19)
B2 The Void (8:20)
B3 Nature's Blues (3:39)
B4 Celebration (3:44)


Bass – Mike Bowie
Composed By, Arranged By, Conductor – Brother Ah
Drums, Percussion, Berimbau – Nasar Abadey
Flute, Harmonica, French Horn – Brother Ah
Gong, Vocals, Finger Cymbals – Natasha Hasan Yousef
Guitar – Marvin Tuten
Harp – Jeff Majors
Percussion – Barbara Burton-Tuten, Valerie Yarborough

Recorded on July 7, 1983, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The renowned French horn player known as Brother Ah (aka Robert Northern) is one of the most prolific and respected musicians in the history of jazz music.

Brother Ah recorded with some of the most illustrious names in the genre, including Donald Byrd, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and, perhaps most influentially, Sun Ra. In 1969, Ah formed his own group, the Musical Sound Awareness Ensemble, and released several works under his own name from 1974 onward.

In the early 1980's Brother Ah settled permanently in Washington, DC, where he taught music, hosted a weekly radio program on WPFW, formed the World Music Ensemble, and thankfully continued to record.

Key To Nowhere, Brother Ah’s third LP, features him on flute, horn, harmonica, nayamka, and shell horn, leading an octet of musicians, including lush and driving harp, as played by Jeff Majors, and vocals on “Motherless Child”, “Key To Nowhere” and “Nature’s Blues” from Natasha Hasan Yousef. Ah’s harmonica flourishes on “The Void” are a standout moment not only on the album, but in his catalog. 

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