Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Fax Clark, 1925-1997, was a trumpeter from the Ivory Coast. Born in Taboo (South-West - Ivory Coast) he was heavily influenced by Louis Armstrong. I've seen 2 45's and a compilation with his work on it and I have somewhere in the back off my mind that he was associated with Manu Dibango in the 70's and may have owned a nightclub in the Ivory Coast.
The song is called Findjougou and is off a 45 I bought on ebay. The vocals are very reminiscent of Louis Armstrong. I like the growling call and response of the lyrics and the sparse jazz instrumentation, especially Clark's thready trumpet work towards the end of the song.
The afrisson website has some more information.
See what you think.