Most jazz groups include keyboards, bass and drums in their ‘lineup’. A saxophone or trumpet may be added as the lead instrument, but if the best jazz is about creativity, why not add the unexpected?
For example, Yusef Lateef‘s main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, but he also played bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto.
But he’s not included in IndoJazzia’s latest compilation. and Rufus Harley is the only name on this list of better known musicians mentioned.
In track order, these are the instruments you’ll be listening to: ukekeles / accordion & harp / panpipes / valiha, berimbau, water bells, and claves / harmonica / accordion / mandolins / bagpipe / cello.
Some work, some are weird, and some are ‘what the …?’
You can decide by downloading from here.
Thelonious Monk’s Ruby, My Dear … on theremin