Well I must say, this sounds fairly promising: A collaboration of sax player Billy Harper and author Amiri Baraka. On Jazz.com, Alan Kurtz writes* about the track “Africa Revisited,” on Harper’s Blueprints of Jazz, Volume 2, noting “Baraka’s restrained (yes, restrained!) participation” in the piece, reading an “epic narrative” titled “Where Dad Stuff Come From?” over the music. By “Dat Stuff,” Baraka means jazz. Kurtz continues:
The Professor’s saga of Dat Stuff commences with “the earliest blood songs the African made at the bottom of the ship” during the 40 days on the ocean, 40 nights in hell of the Middle Passage. Next comes the work song, for as the Professor Emeritus declaims, “We were not brought here to play basketball or place second on American Idol.”
In due course Dat Stuff arrives in Congo Square, with a side excursion to St. James Infirmary, which the Professor Emeritus luridly calls a “blood & guts arena.” Once in the Crescent City, though, Dat Stuff has a fateful “new encounter with European instruments,” says the Professor Emeritus, “themselves prototypes of the ancient African ones.”
So: Standing by till then.
[*Update: Kurtz stops by in the comments below to emphasize that he does not actually endorse Baraka’s work on this as something I — or anyone — should spend time on. Duly noted!]