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Various Artists: Soul Love Now: The Black Fire Records Story 1975-1993

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The significance of this superb compilation is summed up by a fuzzy b&w photo inside the twenty-eight page accompanying booklet. It shows Oneness Of Juju gathered round a twenty-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty in their hometown, Richmond, Virginia in 1976. You can just make out the expressions of optimism and, yes, patriotism on the ...

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Idris Ackamoor: An Afro-Futurist Odyssey

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In summer 2020, Idris Ackamoor will release Shaman! on Britain's Strut label. It is his third album with the post-2015 incarnation of his 1970s band, The Pyramids. It reunites Ackamoor with flautist Margaux Simmons, with whom he had co-founded The Pyramids in 1972. Ackamoor's route to Afro-Futurist jazz began in the US in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Emanative & Phil Ranelin: Vibes From The Tribe

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The Tribe referred to here was a musicians' cooperative in jny: Detroit, Michigan, active from 1972-1977. It was co-founded by trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison and was equal parts band, record label and community project. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave was among the members. The organization had close affinities with jny: Chicago's Association for the Advancement ...


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