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Ornette Coleman

Friends And Neighbors: Ornette Live At Prince Street

    This is an unusual album in the catalogue of Ornette Coleman, and one that passes by most critics. It is however a unique insight into the ‘free jazz’ pioneer’s way of working in the early 70s. Recorded at his large loft space in downtown New York which inspired a whole scene of experimental musicians who were locked out of playing established venues.

    The music is a romp showing Ornette playing trumpet as well as saxophone. His quartet which featured second saxophonist Dewey Redman alongside long term cohorts Ed Blackwell and Charlie Haden prove to be the perfect foil for this legendary set.

    This is the first vinyl reissue in nearly 20 years and utilises a fresh 24/96 transfer from the original production master.


    Side One
    1. Friends And Neighbors - Vocal
    2. Friends And Neighbors - Instrumental
    3. Long Time No See
    Side Two
    1. Let's Play
    2. Forgotten Songs
    3. Tomorrow 

    Gil Scott-Heron

    Small Talk At 125th And Lenox - 2023 Reissue

      Gil Scott-Heron was twenty-one years old when he was signed to Flying Dutchman by Bob Thiele to make an album of his poetry. The resultant “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” was recorded before a small live audience and, released in 1970, sat perfectly in a world where the Last Poets had just tasted Top 10 success with their debut LP. “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” opened with a spoken word version of ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and also featured poems and musical pieces like ‘Omen’, ‘Brother’, ‘Plastic Pattern People’, ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘Everyday’ that reflected on the black community and its condition within America at this time.

      The starkest of these sharp observational pieces from Scott-Heron was ‘Whitey On The Moon’, which recounts the US Government spending billions on landing a rocket on the moon at a time when, “a rat done bit my sister, Nell”.

      Like its follow-up – “Pieces Of A Man” – “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” is a classic album and we are delighted to serve it up again on vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with the original liner notes.

      With current “Big Talk” of going back to the moon, whilst injustice still prevails for many black people in America, “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” still conveys a message that resonates today.


      Side One
      1. Introduction / The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
      2. Omen
      3. Brother
      4. Comment # 1
      5. Small Talk At 125th & Lenox
      6. The Subject Was Faggots
      7. Evolution (and Flashback)
      Side Two
      1. Plastic Pattern People
      2. Whitey On The Moon
      3. The Vulture
      4. Enough
      5. Paint It Black
      6. Who’ll Pay Reparations On My Soul?
      7. Everyday

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