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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Yusef Lateef “The Centaur and the Phoenix” (Riverside, 1960)

The history of Jazz is full of eccentric and unique thinkers (more of the former and the latter). Women and men such as Charles Mingus, Melba Listen, Terry Pollard, and Cecil Taylor are just a few that immediately come to mind. However, musicians like Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Alice Coltrane, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: The Prestige Jazz Quartet LP (1957, Prestige)

Recorded and released in 1957 on the independent Prestige Records label, The Prestige Jazz Quartet is a typical oddity. The four compositions work as a pendulum between the tail end of bebop era, the coming hard-bop medium, and the beginning of the avant-garde period of 1950s-1960s Black Classical music. Probably …

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R.I.P

R.I.P Bernie Worrell (1944-2016) – Back to the Mothership

Every now and then a soul transitions that makes us think of loved ones more than those of the recently departed. Today is one of those days for me. News broke on 6/24/2016 that Bernie Worrell (Parliament/ Funkadelic) became an ancestor. News hits home to me for a few different …

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Forgotten Treasures
Field Recordings

Forgotten Treasure: Ring Games “Line Games and Play Party Songs of Alabama” (1953)

The last few years have brought many changes into my life. Getting older, I’ve taken a more serious approach to marriage and starting my own family. But, how would my wife and I be raising this family of ours. What type of diet would we consume? Would we be a …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Paul Bley “Footloose” (Savoy, 1963)

It is about 10pm in Philadelphia on January 5, 2016. After an unusually warm spell the strong gust of winter has hit us hard. I awoke this morning to the news that one of my heroes had passed away. Canadian pianist/ composer (Hyman) Paul Bley was born in Montreal in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Freddie Roach “All That’s Good” (Blue Note, 1965)

Christmas Day, 2016 By the time you read this the holiday season will have passed. Today is the day that people around the globe celebrate Isā’s birth and Philadelphia, like much of the region, is experiencing terribly warm weather. This unseasonal climate has really got a lot of people thrown …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson “Winter in America” (1974)

Dedicated to the warriors, young and old. As November comes to a close the approaching season is the most difficult time of the year for many. While I’ve had a difficult time writing for academic, personal, and professional projects recently, I can say that there’s been no shortage of inspiration …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Kay Robinson “We Need Time” (1970, King Records)

(Dedicated to the Charleston Nine, Sandra Bland, and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie) Jesus is a popular dude… and he didn’t play the drums. Growing up in the Black American church in the 1980s, I was exposed to a more modern form of Gospel music, and coming from a family of singers, …

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