COMPETITION: Win Copies of Ambiance’s ‘Into a New Journey’ on vinyl courtesy of WhoSampled
Ambiance was the ‘nom de guerre’ of an ever-shifting jazz collective headed up by Nigeria-born Daoud Abubakar Balewa, an LA-tutored multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and producer who studied composition and jazz improvisation at the feet of innovators such as Frank Mitchell (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers), Jackie Mclean (Blue Note) and other masters from the golden Blue Note era. Although he favoured alto, soprano and tenor, Balewa was equally happy on flute, keyboards, and Latin and Brazilian percussion.
Balewa’s mastery hasn’t been ignored by producers with an ear for his distinctive blend of styles. In recent years his work has been sampled by the likes of Kaytranada and MF DOOM alias Metal Fingers.
First released in 1982, Ambiance’s 4th LP ‘Into a New Journey’ is an impossibly rare and sought-after private label spiritual jazz masterpiece with Latin, Brazilian and Afro overtones which features both original compositions and cover versions of tracks by the likes of Joe Henderson and Chick Corea
Unearthed by The Mighty Zaf for BBE Music, this in-demand rarity is now to be officially reissued by the UK based label.
COMPETITION: WhoSampled are offering 5 lucky readers the chance to win one of these fantastic reissues on vinyl! To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is answer the following question:
“Into a New Journey contains a coiver version of Joe Henderson’s ‘Black Narcissus’. What is the name of the Black Eyed Peas track that sampled Henderson’s version in 2018?” [Clue: The answer can be found on WhoSampled!]
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Ambiance Competition’ in the subject heading. Entries must be received no later than 5pm (BST) on 1st Ocotber 2020. Winners will be randomly selected from the correct answers and notified by email
For those not lucky enough to win, the record can be purchased here.