As the ‘60s progressed, cultural and political revolutions occurred both in the US and in Europe. Jazz was both a victim and a saviour, with radical developments in the music occurring in both continents. In the US, artists took control of their own musical destiny as small labels broke away from the mainstream, expressing new and creative visions of freedom and peace against a backdrop of civil unrest, repression and war. Be sure to check the first volume of this series, Spiritual Jazz (JMANCD.020). In ‘60s Europe the jazz community forged ahead with a different revolution; that of breaking away from mere emulation of their American counterparts. A distinctive, European jazz sound began to develop that combined traditional music from across Europe and around the world with the creative freedom so abundant in American jazz. Over time the most forward-thinking creative talents of the post-Coltrane European jazz generation crafted and nurtured sophisticated and multi-faceted styles of jazz that were as radical as they were beautiful, giving modern jazz a characteristically European flavour.|
A heady mix indeed; stirring jazz overtures with orchestra and choir, festival performances recorded live from the grassy heartlands of central Europe, modal montages inspired by pilgrimages to Asia and Africa, experiments in rhythm and sound where modern jazz meets traditional Balkan and Flamenco folk music. This is Spiritual Jazz – European style.
We dedicate this album to Michael Garrick, who died shortly before its release. His contribution to UK jazz was profound, and we’re proud to include one of his previously-unreleased tracks.
- All tracks fully licensed and digitally restored from the original master tapes
- Comprehensive liner notes with individual notes on each track with original stories direct from the musicians and artists
- 16 page colour CD booklet with in-depth liner notes, album cover scans and - Most tracks never before reissued – previously only available on rare LP’s that change hands for hundreds of dollars.
- 180g double vinyl pressing with thick, glossy double gatefold sleeve and colour inserts
- RARE and FINE music heard only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!
The original plan was rather more straightforward. We had intended simply to license the masters for the obscure ’77 Cali funk-soul single “What About The Child”, credited to otherwise unknown outfit Gold, for a direct 45rpm reissue. And so began the search for the men behind this lavish, expansive soulful spin, the men who were Gold. Writer and producer Avelino Pitts was taken aback on first contact, but duly set about the not-so-simple task of locating and delivering these thirty-five year old tapes. “I dug around, I started going all over and asking, and nobody knew where this was” Pitts remembers. “And, no one - the studios, my brother - nobody had a copy of a tape. But my father had a shed in the back. Now this is in Las Vegas - not air conditioned - and this is a shed. And [after] all of these years of hundred-plus degree weather, he said, ‘why don’t you take a look in the shed?’ So I’m digging through boxes, covered in dust, spiders, and I come across this box of tapes!”|
THE MUSIC And from those very tapes comes this long-awaited album! Unheard by human ears since 1974, this is the super sound of psychedelic soul, dancefloor funk and soulful ballads astonishing for their power and beauty. It’s incredible to find out that for one reason or another this album was never released at the time, and in our interviews and liner notes we reveal the fascinating story behind the band and why such good music has been kept in the dark for so long.
• Sublime soul and ’70s funk sounding like the missing link between ROTARY CONNECTION, NEWBAN and 24 CARAT BLACK
• Never-before-seen pictures, photos and images
• CD with extensive original liner notes
• 180g vinyl pressing freshly mastered from the recently-found master tapes
• RARE and FINE music heard only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!