Born in Istanbul in 1939, Okay Temiz was influenced early by his mother, Naciye, who was classically schooled in music. Playing professionally since 1955, Temiz studied at the Ankara Conservatory and at the Tophane Art Institute to learn to build his own unique instruments. After meeting Maffy Falay and Don Cherry, he settled in Sweden; with Cherry and bassist Johnny Dyani he toured the U.S. and Europe (Live in Ankara, Sonet 1971). The group Xaba, with Dyani and trumpeter Mongezi Feza, was founded in 1972 (Rejoice, Cadillac 1972; Music for Xaba, Sonet 1972; Music for Xaba 2, Sonet 1979).
Phenomenal saxophonist Sam Butera and his band The Witnesses backed Louis Prima for almost 20 years. He also made recordings in his own right and two albums from 1960/61 are coupled here. All the excitement and good humour generated on Prima recordings is present with the music becoming even more intensified with Butera in the forefront. Many of these tracks have long been unavailable. Special re-mastered CD edition includes six bonus tracks plus detailed illustrated booklet.