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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ode To Omni: Anchors

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The Philadelphia based collaborative group, Ode to Omni continues its intriguing forays into spiritual jazz with its second release, the live recording, Anchors. Under percussionist Marcus Myers' leadership the band interprets four long and cinematic Myers originals with a sublime blend of raw passion and harmonic sophistication. Starting with “Flesh and Spirit," a delightfully tense and expectant mood permeates the album. Myers' drums thunder and gallop over a dense and captivating musical backdrop that pianist Jon Bradley enhances with his ...

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Ode To Omni: October's Fire

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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 ...