Category Archives: Spiritual Jazz

RALPH THOMAS-EASTERN STANDARD TIME.

Ralph Thomas-Eastern Standard Time. Label: BBE. Back in 1980,  Ralph Thomas released his debut album Eastern Standard Time  on the obscure Zebra Jazz imprint. Sadly, this spiritual jazz cult classic failed to find  the audience it deserved until much later.  By them, copies of Eastern Standard Time  were almost impossible to find, and when a …

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EMANATIVE-EARTH.

Emanative-Earth. Label: Jazzman Records. Three years after the release of their third album The Light Years Of The Darkness in 2015, British jazz collective Emanative return with Earth, a new album of ambitious genre-melting music. It finds Emanative channelling the spirit of Sun Ra, but also drawing inspiration from Floating Point’s unique brand if cinematic …

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THE LIGHTMEN-FREE AS YOU WANNA BE.

The Lightmen-Free As You Wanna Be. Label: Now Again Records. Before founding The Lightmen, drummer, bandleader and political activist Bubbha Thomas had toured the length and breadth of America playing in R&B revues. The rest of his career had been spent working alongside the legends of jazz and playing on sessions for Peacock and Back …

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SKADEDYR-MUSIKK!

Skadedyr-Musikk! Label: Hubro Music. Release Date: ’27th’ of July 2018. Over the last few years, some of the most ambitious and innovative new music being released in Europe, has been in Norway, which has a vibrant and thriving musical community. However, this didn’t happen overnight, and instead, it took years for Norway to become home …

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THE BEST BOX SETS OF 2017.

The Best Box Sets Of 2017. Each and every year, hundreds, if not thousands of box sets are released by independent and major record companies, and usually there’s something for every budget. That is also the case on list of the Best Box Sets of 2017, which features box sets that cost £10 right up …

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MICHAEL COSMIC PEACE IN THE WORLD AND PHILL MUSRA GROUP CREATOR SPACES.

Michael Cosmic Peace In The World and Phill Musra Group Creator Spaces. Label: Now Again Records. In the fifties, there was a growing dissatisfaction at the limitations and constraints of bebop, hard bop and modal jazz and a group of pioneering musicians decided that the time had come to alter, extend, or break down jazz …

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SOUL OF A NATION (AFRO-CENTRIC VISIONS IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER: UNDERGROUND JAZZ, STREET FUNK AND THE ROOTS OF RAP 1968-1979).

Soul Of A Nation-(Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, Street Funk and The Roots Of Rap 1968-79). Label: Soul Jazz Records. On the ‘4th’ of August 2017, Soul Jazz Records will released their eagerly awaited new compilation, Soul Of A Nation (Afro-Centric Visions In The Age of Black Power: Underground Jazz, …

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IF MUSIC PRESENTS YOU NEED THIS-A JOURNEY INTO DEEP JAZZ VOL. 2

IF Music Presents You Need This–A Journey Into Deep Jazz Vol. 2. For the best part of four decades, Jean-Claude Thompson has been one of the leading lights of London’s vibrant and eclectic music scene. He’s been one half of production duo The Amalgamation Of Soundz since 1990. They’ve released critically acclaimed albums, compilations, countless …

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CELESTIAL BLUES-COSMIC, POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL JAZZ 1970 TO 1974.

CELESTIAL BLUES-COSMIC, POLITICAL AND SPIRITUAL JAZZ 1970 TO 1974.  Sometimes, music has been compared to fashion. Both industries are cyclical, with music and clothes both falling in and out of popularity. One minute a genre is popular, the next, it’s fallen from grace. That has been the case since the birth of rock ’n’ roll. …

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BLACK FIRE! NEW SPIRITS! RADICAL AND REVOLUTIONARY JAZZ IN THE USA 1957-1982.

BLACK FIRE! NEW SPIRITS! RADICAL AND REVOLUTIONARY JAZZ IN THE USA 1957-1982. Throughout the last hundred years, jazz music has been in a constant state of evolution. Jazz refused to stand still. New genres grew out of old ones. From swing, bebop was born. After bebop, there was the cool school. Suddenly, the cool school …

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SPIRITUAL JAZZ 5: THE WORLD.

SPIRITUAL JAZZ 5: THE WORLD. In the four previous volumes of their Spiritual Jazz series, Jazzman Records have mostly, focused on European jazz. For Spiritual Jazz 5: The World, Jazzman Records have travelled far and wide. They’ve been on what can be best described as a worldwide crate digging expedition. Hidden gems and rarities have …

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FRANK FOSTER-THE LOUD MINORITY.

FRANK FOSTER-THE LOUD MINORITY. During a long and illustrious career that lasted over fifty years, Frank Foster played alongside everyone from Count Basie, Donald Byrd, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Duke Pearson, Elvin Jones and Elmo Hope. Frank was the go-to-guy for anyone looking for an innovative flautist, saxophonist or clarinet player. During the fifties …

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LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974.

LIBERATION MUSIC-THE SPIRITUAL JAZZ AND THE ART OF PROTEST ON FLYING DUTCHMAN RECORDS 1969-1974. Looking back at the roster of artists Flying Dutchman Records amassed during the first five years of its existence, can’t help but be impressed. After all, between 1969 and 1974, Flying Dutchman Records couldn’t just boast true jazz legends, but pioneers …

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GILES-PETERSON-BLACK JAZZ RADIO.

GILES-PETERSON-BLACK JAZZ RADIO. While there are numerous compilations of music released on jazz labels like Blue Note, Prestige, Columbia, Impulse, Verve and Pacific, one label is often overlooked…Black Jazz Records. Indeed, compilers of compilations often overlook the riches of Black Jazz Records’ back-catalogue. Thankfully, Giles Peterson, one of the UK’s best DJs and crate digger …

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