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'"Harlem Bush Music – Uhuru" remains extremely relevant. Though the album came at a time when Black Consciousness and Black Pride were coming to the forefront of American culture, current times are such that its message of struggle, love and hope transcends racial categories. That is both a great testament to the power of this music, as well as to the dawning fact in this country that we're all in this together.' Joined by the inimitable Andy Bey on vocals, Juini Booth and Ron Carter on bass, Harold White on drums, and Nat Bettis on percussion, Bartz turns in a set of politically relevant, hard-grooving, funky, searching and essential soul-jazz. The centerpiece of the album is the righteously grooving, original seven-minute version of “Celestial Blues” featuring the incredible vocals of John Coltrane’s favorite vocalist, Andy Bey.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: 180-gram vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP). Vinyl housed in a one-pocket old-school style tip-on gatefold jacket.

An unsung monster in the pantheon of exceptional soul-jazz outings from the Prestige catalog, "Fire Eater" finds Bryant grooving hard in a combo that featured Idris Muhammad on drums, Wilbert Longmire on guitar, and both Bill Mason and Leon Spencer Jr. on organ. Included in this stretched-out, funky set of four originals is the title track, “Fire Eater,” which was sampled for “Swing Set” by Jurassic 5 (2000) and appeared on the 1999 collaboration between DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, "Brainfreeze". While not as instantly recognizable by name as other greats of the tenor saxophone such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, Bryant’s fiery and athletic approach on this set sets him apart from his peers as a force to be reckoned with. In the strident groove and funky underpinnings of "Fire Eater" is the blueprint for generations of future groovers and funkateers. Essential.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: 180-gram vinyl pressed at Quality Record Pressings (QRP). Vinyl housed in an old-school style tip-on jacket

Flanked by a who’s-who of exceptional talent, which includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Jimmy Lewis on electric bass, Grant Green on guitar, and Houston Person on tenor saxophone, Charles Kynard turns in a soulful and sublimely understated set of purely grooving soul-jazz fare. Long out of print and never reissued in the U.S. on vinyl since its original release in 1970, Afro-Disiac just might be the musical panacea you’ve been looking for. Features the smoldering, deep-pocket Purdie showcase, “Sweetheart.”

Musicians:
Charles Kynard, organ
Houston Person, tenor sax
Grant Green, guitar
Jimmy Lewis, Fender bass
Bernard Purdie, drums

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: First-ever high-quality vinyl reissue.
180-gram vinyl pressed at QRP, the trusted source for audiophile-quality records.
Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.

- Vinyl housed in an old-school style heavyweight jacket

The 3 Pieces

Vibes Of Truth

    A true is a masterpiece of genre-bending groove, Vibes of Truth covers all the bases: from silky-smooth R&B, to politically conscious jazz-funk grooves, Vibes of Truth has it all. Long sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves, “Backed Up Against The Wall,” “Concrete Jungle,” and “I Need You Girl,” this lost classic from the Fantasy catalog represents the very best of the mid-70’s jazz-funk crossover sound and fits perfectly in a collection next to the likes of the Blackbyrds’ City Life or RAMP’s Come Into Knowledge.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    LP Info: - First-ever 180-gram vinyl reissue
    - Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio
    - Old-school style tip-on jacket
    - Includes Jazz Dispensary "Authorized Dealer" window cling

    Funk Inc.

    Funk Inc.

      An impressive, addictive brew of soul and funky jazz, Funk Inc comes out of the gate swinging with the eight-minute organ groove-a-thon, “Kool Is Back” and never lets up. Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, this unparalleled set in the soul-jazz canon recalls classic 1960s Blue Note sounds by the likes of Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, and Brother Jack McDuff, but with added grit, guts and groove that combines the deep-pocket, hypnotic moments of the Meters with unparalleled improvisational passages that recall the best of modern-day practitioners Galactic, Robert Walter, and the Greyboy Allstars. Unvarnished, raw, and unabashedly funky, Funk Inc is a relentlessly infectious record dripping with charm that remains worthy of exploration by anyone with passing interest in the primal power of blues, soul, jazz, or funk.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: -First-ever 180-gram vinyl reissue
      -Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray, Cohearent Audio
      -Old-school style tip-on jacket
      -Includes Jazz Dispensary "Auuthorized Dealer" window cling

      Long out of print, this is an absolute masterwork from Azar Lawrence. Expansive, forward-leaning, richly textured, and powerfully knotty, this spiritual-tinged outing features heavyweights Julian Priester, Woody Shaw, Ray Straughter and Hadley Caliman; Arthur Blythe, Joe Bonner, Clint Houston and John Heard; Billy Hart, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Mtume, Guillerme Franco, and Kenneth Nash plus Woody Murray, and the inimitable Jean Carn. Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, Ca. and originally released via the Prestige label in 1974, this is a truly essential addition to any burgeoning jazz collection.

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      Ltd LP Info: First ever 180-gram vinyl reissue.
      Lacquers cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
      Vinyl housed in an old-school style heavyweight jacket.


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