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Can You See What I'm Trying To Say

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Lascelle 'Lascelles' Gordon - the driving force behind Vibration Black Finger – astonishes us yet again with a magnificent second album. Once more his inspiration is drawn from the obscure spiritual jazz collectives of the 1970s where he employs a vast array of like-minded collaborators to create a listening experience infused with an ever-present undercurrent of personal expression and cultural empowerment that's as enriched with ideas as it is progressive in its form.Having earned his chops as founding member of the Brand New Heavies, Campag Velocet and Heliocentric World, Lascelle's latest album Can You See What I'm Trying to Say bursts with energy and vivid contrasts, flowing effortlessly between beat-laden grooves, oscillating improvisations, soulful recitations, audio verité and moody atmospherics. The album drops like a post-hip-hop reimagining of foundational genres, with a prayer to the future.''Can You See What I'm Trying to Say' is a quote from Marion Brown, the great alto saxophonist' explains Gordon. 'The album was put together over the last three years, not in the conventional way of going into the recording studio with musicians, but starting from ideas I had on various formats (cassettes, mini disc, DATs & reel to reel). I also used field recordings. I did a lot of home recording with long time musical friends Ben Cowen & Diana Gutkind, some of them going back 20 years. The voices of my nieces (heard on Law of the Universe) were recorded 25 years ago. 'Only in a Dream' and 'Empty Streets' are the only songs that were recorded live in the studio.' 'I was blown away by the New Life Trio 'Empty Streets' (from 1978) and was fascinated by the vocals' continues Lascelles. 'I always thought it would be great to cover this tune'. Such is the power of this song, it's used to open the album, with vocalist Ebony Rose turning in a thoroughly haunting vocal performance. While not a concept album as such, Lascelles has nonetheless conceived and presented Can You See What I'm Trying to Say to be heard as a complete listening experience, with each track blending into the next, resulting in a seamless expression of music.Following 'Empty Streets', some instrumental interludes segue into a dimensional drift of beats, space synths, horns and electronics; there's a vocal reprise of 'Acting For Liberation', sung with gusto by Maggie Nichols, and then there's the album's momentous finale, 'Only In A Dream', which takes off as an ominous drone before a delicious bassline from the late Ken Kambayashi transforms it into an intense, soaring epic which finally descends onto another world.In a career spanning several decades, Lascelle Gordon remains an omnivorous musical force, whether as DJ, collaborator or radio broadcaster. As amply demonstrated on Can You See What I'm Trying to Say, he refuses to rest on his laurels and continues to impress with music that is as rich, vital and contemporary as anything he's done before, covering an incredible amount of musical ground in the process.

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1. Empty Streets
2. Adrianna
3. Gutkind's Dream
4. Acting For Liberation (part 1)
5. Law Of The Universe
6. Can You See What I'm Trying To Say
Side 2
1. Acting For Liberation (part 2)
2. Persia & Cornelius
3. The Glory
4. Soul Fire
5. Twelve Wire Byrd
6. Only In A Dream

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Spiritual Jazz

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'Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from the undergound, 1968-77'Jazzman Records presents 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.Sometimes funky, sometimes mellow, but always trying to say something about the world in which we live.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. Here we evaluate Spiritual Jazz€“ music that is a snapshot of the era after 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. It 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. Soul jazz; Black jazz; Spiritual jazz.Remastered limited 2019 repress due to overwhelming demand that has seen the price of the original issue from 2008 tip the scales to over £100 on the secondhand vinyl market

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1. James Tatum Trio Plus - Introduction
2. Lloyd Miller - Gol-E Gandom
3. Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Qunitet - Paul's Ark
4. Mor Thiam - Ayo Ayo Nene
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1. Ndikho Xaba & The Natives - Nomusa
2. The Positive Force - The Afrikan In Winter (with Ade Olatunji)
3. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band - Neveen
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1. The Frank Derrick Total Experience - No Jive
2. Hastings Street Jazz Experience - Ja Mil
3. Ronnie Boykins - The Will, Is Now
Side 4
1. Leon Gardner - Be There
2. Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble - Pysch City

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Spiritual Jazz 10: Prestige

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'Esoteric, modal and deep jazz from Prestige Records, 1961-73'The tenth edition of our Spiritual Jazz series takes a closer look at the music Prestige was recording at the start of the 1960s. This was the period when the modal jazz sound pioneered by Miles and Coltrane was starting to percolate through the jazz underground.In its heyday, Prestige was the only jazz label that could hold a candle to Blue Note. Prestige was always quick off the mark to record new artists, and in the years after Kind of Blue the label was quick to release some of the most innovative early explorers of the new style.Founded as New Jazz in 1949 by 20-year old jazz fan and entrepreneur Bob Weinstock, Prestige was the only other imprint besides Blue Note to capture the iconic jazz sounds of the 1950s, and like its rival it grew to be an icon itself.If Blue Note documented the sound of hard bop in its most carefully crafted and beautifully presented form, the low-key, jam-session approach that Weinstock preferred meant that the music captured by Prestige has a tough, unfiltered energy that was a lot closer to way it was being played live, night after night, by New York's most prominent jazz musicians.Featuring Afro-Eastern visions from Yusef Lateef and Ahmed Abdul-Malik, deep modal excursions from Mal Waldron and Walt Dickerson, and essential spiritual jazz grooves from Gary Bartz and Idris Muhammed, Spiritual Jazz vol. 10 documents the sound of modal jazz in full flight, unabashed and authentic from the pioneers!2LP gatefold with comprehensive liner notes & pics

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1. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - Song Of Delilah
2. Roy Haynes - Dorian
3. Latin Jazz Quintet - Rip A Dip
4. Roy Haynes - Modette
5. Walt Dickerson - Death & Taxes
6. Yusef Lateef - Love Theme From Spartacus
7. Moondog - Organ Rounds
8. Ahmed Adul-Malik - Summertime
9. Mal Waldron - Warm Canto
10. Idris Muhammad - Peace (edit)
11. Gary Bartz - I've Known Rivers

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Spiritual Jazz Vol 9 - Blue Notes, Part Two

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The Blue Note Record label needs little introduction. Musically, graphically and sonically iconic, the label created and defined the golden age of modern jazz on record. Founded in 1939 by German émigré Alfred Lion, the label's roster of artists is a litany of giants – Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock and many more. With peerless musicians in the grooves, the legendary Rudy Van Gelder behind the boards, and graphic design genius Reid Miles creating emblematic artwork for every release, Blue Note – 'the Cadillac of the jazz lines' – was outstanding in every way.Volume 9 of Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz series takes a close look at the deeper side of Blue Note – from the experimental avant-garde explored by younger musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and Pete La Roca, to the exciting new developments in modal sounds put forward by stalwarts Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean and Duke Pearson. The music we have selected shows how musicians working with the label responded to a period of dramatic social and sonic change, charting the route toward the esoteric and spiritualised sounds that would dominate the deepest jazz of the 1970s.As ever, Blue Note had lit the path, and this new Spiritual Jazz collection shows that the progressive and underground jazz sound of the 1960s was not only the preserve of obscure artists and private pressings. Blue spirits and heavy sounds on Blue Note – the finest in jazz since 1939, brought to you by Jazzman.

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1. Joe Henderson - El Barrio
2. Jackie McLean - Plight
3. Duke Pearson - Cristo Redentor
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1. Wayne Shorter - Indian Song
2. Hank Mobley - The Morning After
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1. Pete La Roca - Malaguena
2. Freddie Hubbard - Blue Spirits
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1. Booker Ervin - Gichi
2. Solomon Ilori - Igbesi Aiye (Song Of Praise To God)

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Spiritual Jazz Vol 9 - Blue Notes, Part One

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The Blue Note Record label needs little introduction. Musically, graphically and sonically iconic, the label created and defined the golden age of modern jazz on record. Founded in 1939 by German émigré Alfred Lion, the label's roster of artists is a litany of giants – Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock and many more. With peerless musicians in the grooves, the legendary Rudy Van Gelder behind the boards, and graphic design genius Reid Miles creating emblematic artwork for every release, Blue Note – 'the Cadillac of the jazz lines' – was outstanding in every way.Volume 9 of Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz series takes a close look at the deeper side of Blue Note – from the experimental avant-garde explored by younger musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and Pete La Roca, to the exciting new developments in modal sounds put forward by stalwarts Hank Mobley, Jackie McLean and Duke Pearson. The music we have selected shows how musicians working with the label responded to a period of dramatic social and sonic change, charting the route toward the esoteric and spiritualised sounds that would dominate the deepest jazz of the 1970s.As ever, Blue Note had lit the path, and this new Spiritual Jazz collection shows that the progressive and underground jazz sound of the 1960s was not only the preserve of obscure artists and private pressings. Blue spirits and heavy sounds on Blue Note – the finest in jazz since 1939, brought to you by Jazzman.

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1. Bobby Hutcherson - Verse
2. Pete La Roca - Basra
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1. Wayne Shorter - Footprints
2. Elvin Jones - At This Point In Time
3. Andrew Hill - Poinsettia
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1. Eddie Gale - The Rain
2. Duke Pearson - Empathy
3. Bobby Hutcherson - Searchin' The Trane
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1. Duke Pearson - The Phantom
2. Freddie Hubbard - Assunta

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Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam

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"Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam - Esoteric, Modal and Progressive Jazz inspired by Islam 1957 - 1988"Songs ancient and divine - the seventh volume of our acclaimed Spiritual Jazz series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation.Through Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, the civil rights era in America saw African American liberation politics famously associated with Islamic belief. This was not the first time that radical developments in African American cultural life had been widely and famously associated with Islam - that distinction belongs not to political or sporting giants, but to the progressive jazz musicians of the bebop generation. Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, Idrees Sulieman, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef, all these legendary jazz pioneers - and countless more - were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam. Their faith profoundly influenced the music that they made, and the presence of prominent and innovative Muslim musicians at the heart of jazz culture in America has been recognised ever since.The tracks on this collection follow the story of Islam and jazz from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recorded by Muslim jazz musicians, they often draw specifically on Middle Eastern or Islamic music, dream of an esoteric or spiritual Afro-East, or invoke the landscape and sound worlds of Islamic Africa. Spiritual Jazz 7 presents a selection of visionary music – inspired by faith, powered by jazz.2LP gatefoldExtensive liner notes & picsCD with 24 page colour bookletMany tracks never before reissued

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1.Maurice McIntyre - Humility In The Light Of Creator
2. Ritual Trio - Africanos/Latinos
3. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim - Kalahari Suite
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1. Creative Arts Ensemble - Uhuru
2. East New York Ensemble De Music - Mevlana
3. Idrees Sulieman - The Camel
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1. Yusef Lateef - Morning
2. Sabu & Sahib Shihab - Nus
3. Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib/Solar Plexus - Ah Ya Zen
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1. The Lightmen - All Praises To Allah (part 1 & 2)
2. Ahmed Abdul-Malik - Nadusilma
3. Dawan Muhammad - Taumbu

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Dini Safarrar (Drums Of Fire)

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Originally released in small numbers as a custom pressing in 1973, the compelling 'Dini Safarrar' by Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam has gained cult status around the world amongst enthusiasts of jazz, funk, hip hop & African music, and grail status among LP collectors. Here is the first official reproduction of this album, faithful to the original and made with the blessing and cooperation of Mor Thiam himself, as well as his son Aliaume Thiam, otherwise known as hip hop and R&B superstar Akon.Mor Dogo Thiam (pronounced 'Chahm') is a cultural historian, dedicated philanthropist and genius on the djembe. He began his career as a drummer while a young boy in his native Senegal, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1970s, where his unique musical skills earned him the respect of the local jazz community. A fusion of the traditions of his Senegalese upbringing and the funk & jazz sounds of his new environs, 'Dini Safarrar' was entirely self-funded and was also conceived as a benefit album, with all the proceeds donated to famine relief in Africa.

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1. Ayo Ayo Nene (Blessing For The New Born Baby)
2. Sindiely (Song For The Black Beauty)
3. Kele Mumbana (Overpain & Struggle To Black)
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1. Kanfera (Return Of Fisher)
2. Africa (Dedication To All The People)

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Contemporary Jazz Mass

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A gem of independent Detroit jazz, reissued for the first time on Jazzman Records. James Tatum's stunning, spiritualised Contemporary Jazz Mass is one of the only true jazz masses ever released. Inspired by Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts, Tatum's masterwork was recorded on its first ever performance at St Cecilia Church in Detroit, and released on his own private label in 1974. Professional music educator and jazz composer Tatum had been working as a teacher in Detroit, and in the long aftermath of the 1967 riots he had started to instruct local children music in St Cecilia's. The Church commissioned the mass in 1972, and Tatum put together an ensemble of singers from within the church, backed by his own trio and local jazz musicians.Looking toward the great sacred works of Ellington, but with lyrics drawn straight from liturgy, the Contemporary Jazz Mass is a unique work of sanctified vocal jazz - nourishment for the spirit and soul, brought back to you by Jazzman Records!The CD version of this release also includes Tatum's independent second release Live at the Orchestra Hall & Paradise Theater. Another breathtaking long-form vocal jazz composition, Tatum intended Live ... to take the listener on a trip through the deep history of African-American music, expressing the spirit and sound of the past through the medium of jazz music and song.- All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored- Another super rare gem that's part of our esteemed HOLY GRAIL series- Only 1000 vinyl LPs available, all numbered!- Comprehensive and detailed liner notes with pictures and information taken from our interviews with Mr James Tatum himself- CD set with 8 page colour booklet- Only on Jazzman- all because WE DIG DEEPER!

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1. Introduction/Lord Have Mercy
2. Glory To God
3. Alleluia
4. Offertory
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1. Holy Holy Holy
2. Amen
3. The Lord's Prayer
4. Rite Of Peace
5. Lamb Of God
6. Communion

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Dark Is The Sun

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NOW REPRESSED !!! To catch the attention of our discerning, critical and cynical ears, any demos that people send to us here at Jazzman have to be pretty damn good. Yes they all get listened to, but very few make it this far as an official Jazzman CD and vinyl release. In fact the last time we released some recently-recorded music was a couple of years ago with the Natural Yogurt Band, which we were happy to see become an instant success.You see, we’re quite fussy because in this day and age we can’t afford to lose money by putting out a so-so record. We also have to like it a LOT, not just because we’ll have to listen to it over and over again, but because we want you to too! So here is our next attempt at world domination, the debut album by The Greg Foat Group.DARK IS THE SUN Recorded in Sweden, ‘Dark is the Sun’ is a concept album based on themes and variations by British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat, who has created an intriguing blend of non-contemporary jazz sounds with classic scoring techniques. An exotic array of unorthodox instrumentation was utilized, including harpsichord, tubular bells and a 15 piece choir. With musical reference and influence from such luminaries as Bruno Nicolai, Michel Legrand and Serge Gainsbourg as well as a firm nod towards UK jazzmen Michael Garrick, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, the result is highly-listenable, enduring and fulfilling for those who like real music played with real instruments.KEY POINTS .Debut album by outstanding British jazz musician.Original artwork by House of Traps.Digipack CD or SCREENPRINTED & NUMBERED vinyl LP, recorded direct from the original analogue tapes.RARE and FINE music heard

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1. Time Piece 1 (Harpsichord Bugalu)
2. Dark Is The Sun (part 1 - main theme)
3. Dark Is The Sun (part 2 - interlude)
4. Hello Old Friend
5. Dark Is The Sun (part 3 - reprise)
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1. Dark Is The Sun (part 4 - Harpsichord Waltz)
2. Yeah You Are
3. Uncle Bessie
4. Bright Is The Sun
5. Time Piece 2 (Epilogue)

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Mr Bongo

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26 RED HOT SKIN SLAPPIN' BONGO BASHIN' LATIN JAZZ N' MAMBO BANGERS - The phrase 'living legend' is undoubtedly overused but there can be few people more deserving of such an accolade than Jack Costanzo. Born on the 24th September 1919, Costanzo is arguably the most significant percussionist of the modern era. Playing with many key orchestras, leading his own band, appearing in numerous TV shows and films and tutoring bongo playing to the stars, more than any other figure Jack Costanzo brought percussion, specifically Latin percussion and his trademark bongos, to widespread attention. But he wasn't merely a popularist, he was in turn revered by his peers and critics alike for his natural ability, invention, and perhaps most importantly his sheer versatility. He became known as 'Mr. Bongo' (first coined by jazz critic Leonard Feather), and the tag could hardly be more appropriate.Latin music and its influence in general is often criminally overlooked in music history, but as a white Italian American who rose to prominence playing Latin music at the height of the mambo craze of the 1950s, Jack Costanzo has probably even more neglected. But hopefully not for too much longer as this 23 track retrospective seeks to redress the balance and give him the special treatment his spectacular career deserves. Showcasing many of the musical highlights of his mid-50s peak and featuring extensive liner notes based on new interviews with Costanzo himself, 'Mr. Bongo' serves as a perfect introduction to the many who may not yet be aware of Jack Costanzo, as well as providing those who are already fans with the ultimate collection of his work.· All tracks digitally restored from original sources· Deluxe double-gatefold 2LP vinyl WITH FREE 'HOW TO PLAY THE BONGOS' 20 PAGE BOOKLET INSIDE!· CD with 16 page colour booklet· Original cover art from Derek Yaniger· Both formats contain pics & notes provided personally by Jack Costanzo himself

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1. Sax Con Ritmo
2. Caravan
3. Cubanchero
4. Quiere" (live)
5. El Diablito
6. La La La
7. Bongo Fever
8. Taboo
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1. Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
2. Malaguena
3. Peanut Vendor
4. Jarochito
5. Adjaye Adjayne
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1. Bongo Festeris
2. Tabu
3. Oye Negra
4. Atu
5. Quiere
6. Goza Negra
7. Robins Mambo
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1. Rabo E Mula
2. Pharaoah's Curse
3. Latin Fever
4. Mira Como Los Pollos
5. Abainaquito
6. Besame Mucho

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