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Shamek Farrah

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Strata-East: Seizing the Time

Read "Strata-East: Seizing the Time" reviewed by Chris May


Operating on minimum finance and maximum passion, Brooklyn's Strata-East label was a pivotal platform for the spiritual-jazz movement that emerged during the Civil Rights struggle of the 1970s. Its closest contemporary comparator was Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Both were non-profit organisations. The AACM was non-profit by design. With Strata-East, co-founder Charles Tolliver ...

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Article: Album Review

Infinite Spirit Music: Live Without Fear

Read "Live Without Fear" reviewed by Chris May


Britain's Jazzman Records has form when it comes to spiritual jazz. Its series Spiritual Jazz: Modal, Esoteric and Deep Jazz, now one release away from its tenth volume, has made accessible again some of the most worthwhile but near-lost African American music of the 1970s. The label also supports modern day British musicians. Stand out home-grown ...

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First Impressions

Label: Pure Pleasure / Strata-East
Released: 2018
Track listing: Side One: Meterologicly Tuned; Watch What Happens Now. Side Two: Umoja Suite; First Impressions.

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Article: Album Review

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, ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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First Impressions

Label: Bomba Records
Released: 2006

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La Dee La La

Label: Quadraphonic Sound Module
Released: 2005
Track listing: La Dee La La Song; Waiting for Marvin; the White Lady; And Along Came Ron Rahsaan.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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La Dee La La

Label: Bomba Records
Released: 2004


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