Freedom, Rhythm & Sound

January 24, 2010


I am still finding my way with Jazz music. Its such a general term to describe music that originated in the turn of the last century in African American communities in the Southern United States. What I find so fascinating about this music apart from the fact  that some of it sounds great, is that it had so much relevance in peoples lives and has such a great history.

Late last year Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker put together a book of LP covers from spiritual jazz LP’s from 1963-1982 and recently dropped  the CD/LP that coincided. The 1st sentence on the back of the cover sums up what the compilation is all about .. features works of revolutionary jazz artists who matched the creation  of new radical music with values of self detrmination and self-empowerment. This effected how they lived their lives & how they negotiated ownership and control of their music.

This is not your average Jazz compilation as its compiled by 2 connoisseurs who have dug out some extra special bits in their collections for this release. It’s out now on double CD & Vinyl on Soul Jazz Records. Do check the podcast for an insight into the project…