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Buddy Terry: Awareness

Read "Awareness" reviewed by Chris May

Strictly niche in 2018, and on the margins even during his early 1970s heyday, New Jersey's Buddy Terry was among the cohort of soul-jazz musicians who, inspired by the rise of the black consciousness movement in the late 1960s, elected to recalibrate and repurpose their music. The new aesthetic became known as freedom jazz (and, later, ...

Shamek Farrah: First Impressions

Read "First Impressions" reviewed by Chris May

Launched by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell in New York in 1971, the Strata-East label became synonymous with the black-consciousness informed spiritual-jazz movement which was perhaps the crowning glory of African American music during the 1970s. By the close of the decade, the label had released just shy of 60 albums, an impressive catalogue ...

Shamek Farrah and Folks: La Dee La La

Read "La Dee La La" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Reed player Shamek Farrah ranks with the great unrecorded. Two releases on Strata East in the '70s, some for RA, a release in '95. The reissue of this 1978 recording for RA by Quadraphonic Sound Module reintroduces a roomful of rarely heard musicians, along with a young Malachi Thompson. Roger Howell's congas and Lenny King's percussion ...