The Philadelphia based collective, Ode to Omni's debut album October Fire is heavily influenced by the 1970s spiritual jazz recordings, particularly those on the legendary now sadly defunct label, Strata East. A couple of gem's that instantly come to mind are The John Betsch Society's Earth Blossom (Strata East, 1972) and Billy Parker's Fourth World's Freedom of Speech (Strata East, 1974). Much like Betsch and Parker, the leader of Ode to Omni, Marcus Myers is also a percussionist and under his deft direction, the dynamic ensemble lays down ethereal and vibrant intricate sounds. The centerpiece of the record ...read more
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