Randy (album)

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Studio album by
RecordedOctober 1964
StudioNola Penthouse Studios, New York City
LabelBakton BR 1001
Atlantic SD 1609
ProducerDonald Elfman, Naomi Yodhii
Randy Weston chronology
Berkshire Blues
African Cookbook Cover
African Cookbook (Atlantic).jpg

Randy (subtitled Băp!! Beep Boo-Bee Băp Beep-M-Boo Bee Băp!) is an album by American jazz pianist Randy Weston recorded in 1964 and originally released on Bakton, Weston's own label.[1] The album was later reissued in 1972 on the Atlantic label under the title African Cookbook.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "When this set was recorded in 1964, pianist Randy Weston had no luck interesting any label to release the music, so he came out with it independently on his tiny Bakton company... It is surprising that no company in the mid-1960s signed Weston up because "Willie's Tune" from the set had the potential to catch on, "Berkshire Blues" is somewhat known and the mixture of accessible bop with African rhythms overall is appealing... An excellent outing."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Randy Weston except as indicated

  1. "Berkshire Blues" - 4:55
  2. "Portrait of Vivian" - 3:43
  3. "Willie's Tune" - 4:06
  4. "Niger Mambo" (Bobby Benson) - 5:21
  5. "African Cookbook" - 12:14
  6. "Congolese Children" - 2:07
  7. "Blues for Five Reasons" - 3:07



  1. ^ Randy Weston catalog accessed August 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Randy/African Cookbook album entry, Randy Weston discography accessed August 16, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. Allmusic Review, accessed August 16, 2012