To the late, great jazz critic, Leonard Feather, pianist Don Randi was an astonishing performer. He is capable of swinging furiously, has a deathdefying technique and manages to combine his frantic excursions with an element of passionate communication that gives them much more than technical value. And, during the last months of 1960 the 23-year old brought these gifts to Hollywoods small club, The Losers, and kept a packed audience in a constant state of musical excitement with his wellintegrated trio. There was an appealingly gutty strength to his playing that everyone could feel, with a basic, strong, honest feeling for the blues, while his originalssuch as Feelin Like Blues, Blues for Miti or Take Six augured well for him as a composer.
Nature samplings and acoustic guitars going hand in hand with harsher Pagan/Black Metal parts, varied male vocals, some female voices, choirs and a wide variety of instruments. The excellence of the song writing makes it hard to pinpoint the highlights, but I have some favorite compositions like: "Erwachen", "Asgards", "Traur" and the superb symphonic piece closing the album, "Abschied". Falland Vörandi has been playing quite a lot lately, and is for me one of the best Pagan/Folk metal I've ever heard. A must for fans of this great genre of metal. metalcrypt.com
Pianist Don Randi released this LP in 1975 on JAS Records with his Baked Potato Band, personnel is Don Randi on piano, John Sumer on drums, Roland Bautista on guitar, Hal Gordon on percussion, Luther Hughes Jr. on bass and Steve Douglas on flute & sax.