Ironically, the record label that most consistently offered an outlet for the American jazz avant-garde in the 1980s was the Italian Black Saint / Soul Note imprint. On All About Jazz, Jeff Stockton wrote, ..."from 1984 to 1989 Black Saint won the Down Beat critics poll for "Best Label" and "Best Producer" and established itself as the Blue Note of its time, a label whose mark and reputation alone assured the listener that the music would be adventurous, exciting jazz of the highest order." To capture some essential element of the decade, we have featured Dial in the 40s, Verve in the 50s, Blue Note in the 60s and ECM in the 70s. In this hour of Jazz at 100, the adventurous Black Saint / Soul Note releases of the 1980s.
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Billy Harper Quintet "Dance, Dance, Eternal Spirits" from Black Saint (Black Saint) 2:42
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Julius Hemphill Quartet "Body" from Flat-out Jump Street (Black Saint) 9:58
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John Carter Octet "The Mating Ritual" from Dauwhe (Black Saint) 17:34
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Craig Harris Quintet "Blackwell" from Black Bone (Soul Note) 26:32
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Jimmy Lyons Quartet with Enrico Rava "Ballada" from Give It Up (Black Saint) 40:06
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Jaki Byard and The Apollo Stompers "Lover Man" from Phantasies (Soul Note) 45:18
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