Friday, 10 May 2013

Liberation Music: Spiritual Jazz And The Art Of Protest On Flying Dutchman Records 1969-1974 (BGP)

This suits my mood right now. I'm taking a break from cutting and pasting of my own and others (in the realm of music - Pierre Schaeffer, The Tape Beatles, Christian Marclay etc) to bask in some wonderful music courtesy of BYG via the Flying Dutchman label. It's not the fire (Jazz) & brimstone righteous racket one might expect but subversion by stealth, perhaps, and the occasional Panther message. 

Horace Tapscott's 'The Giant Is Awakened' pretty much seals the deal, along with Ornette Coleman's 'Friends And Neighbours'. Since it's partly called 'Spiritual Jazz', Gato Barbieri's 'Tupac Amaru' and Lonnie Liston Smith's dreamy 'Sais (Egypt)' feature. Must applaud BGP for their diverse choices since along with an old fave like Gil Scott-Heron's 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' there's Chico Hamilton's 'Gonna Get Some Right Now', which is three-parts drum solo until the groove hits, fuelled by Arnie Lawrence's alto sax. And who doesn't like Leon Thomas yodelling?

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