This compilation attempts to elucidate the versatility and transience of jazz music through the '60s and '70s in America, when the civil rights movement was in full swing and the sounds around it were constantly changing. With 'Black Fire! New Spirits! Deep and Radical Jazz in the USA 1957-75', Soul Jazz Records highlights music from acts such as Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef and Don Cherry, to give you an example of how varied the banner of jazz was, even in this era.
- Triple LP £21.99
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- SJRLP288 / 3LP on Soul Jazz inc. Don Cherry, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis, Creative Arts Ensemble, David Lee Jr. etc.
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9/10 Andrew Customer review, 21st November 2014
This is a lovely collection of deep, deep jazz from a radical era of American black history that reflects the social and political tumult of that time in the wildness of the music. That shouldn't scare you off though, whilst this is as far for smooth easy listening jazz as you can get this isn't screeching unlistenable free jazz either. There is a groove here that makes the fierce independent spirit of these recordings all the more rewarding to return to.
These artists were trying to show what could be done outside of or in spite of the restrictions economics, segregation and racism were placing upon them. Breaking those bonds with style and fire you get The Last Poets taking you away on 'Its A Trip'. A real highlight. There is also the funky 'Dealin' by Richard Davis which I love, a great piece of Jazz Funk.
Taking you further are Doug Hammond taking you to the cosmos with spaced out rhythms. Across the 3 records there is so mych more. As a summary of the radical era this is superb. I'd recommend losing yourself in the deep, spiritual music whilst you leaf through the accompanying book.
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