Byard Lancaster: From A Love Supreme to The Sex Machine
Lancaster's labels Dogtown and Philly Jazz both reference the history of Philadelphia and its height as the cultural capital. "Even though we call it 'Philly Jazz,' it really means music," and Lancaster wants to bring jazz, R&B, rock, reggae and all other forms of music to the streets, schools and to the people. "I've been organizing since I was born, and [finding time to practice] is one of the reasons I play on the streets, because I sit there for about three or four hours without moving. It's a great marketing schemeif I want to sell 20,000 records to the people in my community, then the people should know me and the next thing is that I should create music that they really love."
Byard Lancaster knows that building from the ground up is the first step in the process of sonic and spiritual liberation.
Sunny MurraySunny Murray Quintet (ESP, 1966)
Bill DixonIntents and Purposes (RCA-Victor, 1967)
Burton GreenePresenting Burton Greene (Columbia,1968)
Byard LancasterIt's Not Up To Us (Vortex-Water Music, 1968)
David Eyges TrioCrossroads (Music Unlimited, 1980)
David Eyges/Byard LancasterLightnin' Strikes! (Black&Blue, 1988)
Byard LancasterWorlds (Gazell, 1993)