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 spiritual jazz vol 5 esoteric modal and deep jazz from around the world 1961 79
 spiritual jazz vol 5 esoteric modal and deep jazz from around the world 1961 79 spiritual jazz vol 5 esoteric modal and deep jazz from around the world 1961 79

Various Artists: Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal & Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968-77

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    Now-Again Records, in conjunction with Jazzman Records, presents an expanded version of the compilation that introduced many listeners to the sound of the unsung musicians who, in the midst of the Vietnam War and the fallout of the Civil Rights struggle, created some of the most beautiful spiritual and meditative music of the era. The music was at times funky, at times contemplative, but it always strived to say something about the world in which the musicians lived.

    Existing completely under the critical radar and largely ignored or unknown by music fans and critics alike, most of the musicians featured in this album won't be familiar to even the most seasoned aficionado. Their records, frequently turned down by distributors and record stores, saw little attention when first released - and have seen even less since. But in this era of musical apathy, where so many music junkies look to the past for their musical fix, we have re-discovered hidden, obscure and esoteric jazz musicians who looked to the four corners of the earth, and beyond, for inspiration.

    With this anthology we evaluate "Spiritual Jazz", Jazz created in the era after John Coltrane, a time which saw the evolution of an underground jazz that spoke about the reform of the soul, the reform of the spirit, and the reform of society: a music which was local and international at once, which was a personal journey and a political statement, and which was religious and secular in one non-contradictory breath.

    The music on this album reflects the social and historical forces at work during the closedown of the 60s dream; music made by close-knit collectives and individual visionaries, by prisoners and eccentrics, by mystics and political radicals. It includes music by acknowledged masters, and moments of brilliance by unsung figures known to us from just one or two recordings. There are songs from prison bands, Egyptian big bands, high school jazz ensembles, African musicians gigging with free jazz legends, and African American jazz heroes.

    Spiritual Jazz: 'Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the undergound, 1968-77' is the jazz music of America in the age of civil rights, brutal repression, political assassination and war; a music that would guarantee the survival of the spiritual dimension in a society that was angry and traumatized, but nevertheless had seen hope of better days to come.

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    1. James Tatum Trio Plus - 'Introduction'
    Producer: James Tatum
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    2. Lloyd Miller - 'Gol-E Gandom'
    Producer: Lloyd Miller
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    3. Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet - 'Paul's Ark'
    Producer: Bobby Jackson
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    4. P.E. Hewitt Jazz Emsemble - 'Bada Que Bash'
    Producer: P.E. Hewitt
    5. Mor Thiam - 'Ayo Ayo Nene'
    Producer: Oliver Sain
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    6. The Lightmen Plus One - 'All Praises To Allah (Parts One & Two - Edit)'
    Producer: Bubbha Thomas
    7. Ndikho Xaba & The Natives - 'Nomusa'
    Producer: The Natives
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    8. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - 'Neveen'
    Producer: Salah Ragab
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    9. The Positive Force With Ade Olatunji - 'The Afrikan In Winter'
    Producer: Ade Olatunji
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    10. Frank Derrick Total Experience - 'No Jive'
    Producer: Frank Derrick III
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    11. Hastings Street Jazz Experience - 'Ja Mil'
    Producers: Miller Brisker; Ed Nelson
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    12. Ronnie Boykins - 'The Will Come, Is Now'
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    13. Leon Gardner - 'Be There'
    Producer: Igloo Records
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    14. Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble - 'Psych City'
    Producer: Logan Rollins
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