The first jazz record released by the just-beginning ESP-Disk record company, ‘Spiritual Unity’ quickly put this tiny label on the map, as well as thrust Ayler to the forefront of the free jazz movement when it was released more than a year later. Even then, this record was well ahead of the frontier of jazz and remains so today.
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Armed with an impressive pop vocabulary, Phonograph should have been huge.
Often overlooked, ‘Slang’ allowed the band to explore new musical territory and stretch its wings.
No one recreated psychedelia as authentically as Plasticland did in the 1980s.
It’s about more than mere individuals playing well, and this performance brings real meaning to the words “spiritual unity.”
A force in its day, the music of this seminal funk-jazz-rock combo remains very much potent today.
Ask anyone familiar with Lucinda Williams’ music and early on in their reply they’ll almost surely include mention of 1998′s Car Wheels On a Gravel Road, but Williams’ abilities as a singer and songwriter came to full bloom ten years before.
It’s damned near impossible to pick and choose only a handful of Paul Bley records as being the essential few, he’s been so prolific and readily moves from one idea to the next, constantly evolving along the way.
The story of Quartets, the new ECM box set covering five of Charles Lloyd’s albums, isn’t a sweeping career retrospective; it would take at least twenty discs to sufficiently do that for this tenor saxophonist whose become a lion in jazz over a fifty year span. Instead, this is about a second act.
By the time Paul Motian had passed away in November of 2011, he had established a legacy that reaches far beyond a couple of historical evenings at the Village Vanguard in late June of 1961. But becoming known as something much more than Bill Evans’ drummer within arguably jazz’s greatest trio didn’t happen overnight.